Aqueduto das Aguas Livres, Lisbon

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The Águas Livres Aqueduct is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km.The city of Lisbon has always suffered from the lack of drinking water, and King John V decided to build an aqueduct to bring water from sources in the parish of Caneças, in the modern municipality of Odivelas. The project was paid for by a special sales tax on beef, olive oil, wine, and other products.HistoryConstruction started in 1731 under the direction of Italian architect Antonio Canevari, replaced in 1732 by a group of Portuguese architects and engineers, including Manuel da Maia, Azevedo Fortes and José da Silva Pais. Between 1733 and 1736, the project was directed by Manuel da Maia, who in turn was replaced by Custódio Vieira, who would remain at the head of the project until around 1747.Custódio Vieira conceived the centerpiece of the aqueduct, the arches over the Alcantara valley, completed in 1744. A total of 35 arches cross the valley, covering 941 m. The tallest arches reach a height of 65 m, and many are pointed, reminiscent of arches in Gothic style. It is considered a masterpiece of engineering in the Baroque period.
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  • Nice place to visit, for a walk and stunning views in the middle of the aqueduct. Enjoy to visit on Saturdays are free entries visa for 2018.
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  • The aqueduto is to the North of the city centre, but easily accessible by the (excellent) public transport network. It dominates the valley and is worth a visit, even if you don't fancy walking along ...  more »
  • Aqueduto das Aguas Livres is part of the Water Museum in Lisbon, a series of constructions that used to be the water supply to the city. To the 30th anniversary of the museum, in 2018 the monuments ha...  more »
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  • Cool spot to check if you have time or want a less common location. Price is reasonable. Wouldn't call it a must see though. It's just a 1km walk along the aqueduct. Not much to see. You are pretty above the city but you can get better views elsewhere.
  • Great visit with one of the most important buildings in Lisbon. The view of breathtaking
  • Interesting piece of history. I found it tough though to find the entrance and hence just saw it from the outside
  • Great building but limit yourself to seeing in from a car; no tickets, no way to enter the garden. On a hot day I do not recommend going there - difficult to reach by public transportation.
  • Great looking aqueduct. Actually was close in Monday to get on it but still very nice to see

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