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Aqueduto das Aguas Livres, Lisbon

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4.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • After driving under this aqueduct hundreds of times, we decided to actually find out how to visit it. We parked at Calçada da Quintinha 6, Campolide. The entry looks like a walled garden that you ente...  read more »
  • It is a monument that is worth visiting, it is important in the culture of the city of Lisbon, or it wasn't he who helped get the water to the taps of our homes. The view from the top is impressive, and who every day crosses the bridge April 25 and passes underneath him, does not dream of the beautiful view of the to which we have access to visit the aqueduct.
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  • We enjoyed the morning to meet the aqueduct and be part of the way that the water was, the aqueduct lets have a view over Lisbon and pretty much allows you to view both sides of Lisbon fully different according to the side of the aqueduct on which we walk. The height is impressive and think how this was built in an age of Kings without cranes and the like.
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  • Nice aquaduct, not much else to see though
  • Not touristic. Has a good view.
  • Closed on Mondays what a joke. Came here to closed doors. Wasted more than an hour. Unbelievable.
  • There was not much information about it,perhaps they don't want much tourists here but the experience is terrific!
  • 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.
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