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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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  • Excellent for the person if find yourself. Beautiful scenery, very handy so you can enter the neighborhood of serafina contacting campolide
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  • Title says it all really. As some have said already on here... It's just a bridge, well, an aqueduct, but I'm really glad I took an hour to visit, walk the length of the structure and get some fab pic...  more »
  • Great views of Lisbon. Very historical location and you can see how this was needed back in the day. Very long walk to other side (2 kms.??).  more »
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  • It's a gem, really - a monumental construction. Make sure you have a walk underneath for an outside view, there's a staircase on boths sides of the aqueduct going down (not all the way, but far enough) from the entrance.
  • Incredible architecture and a breathtaking feat of engineering. Be aware that walking along the top is only possible during the opening hours of the water museum near the south end.
  • Super cheap to visit, 3 Euros for a regular ticket, 1.50 Euros for a student ticket. Great views of the Alcantara valley and you are able to see all the way to the Ponte 25 de Abril as you walk along the southern side of the aqueduct. Water no longer runs through the aqueduct.
  • Closed on Mondays what a joke. Came here to closed doors. Wasted more than an hour. Unbelievable.
  • Aqueduct outside the city center with a great view. If you have seen everything in the city center I would recommend this otherwise you would be disappointed.