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"The Aqueduct" Segovia Things to Do Tip by Nathalie_B

Segovia Things to Do: 285 reviews and 706 photos


Nobody knows when it was built exactly, the age of this magnificent Roman construction is approximately 2000 years and it is still operating.
It is a real ancient engineering masterpiece consisting of 20.000 granite bricks that are not connected by any binding material.
The aqueduct pumps the water from the nearby Frio river, about 14 kilometers away from the cisty, and is able to deliver up to 30 litres of water
per second!
Since 1985 this symbol of Segovia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is known as one of the most preserved in Europe.

Not every brick you see survived for us to appreciate it. Some 14 arches of it were destroyed when the city fell into Muslim occupation. They were fully restored in the 15th century and some Christian attributes were added to it as well.

Time and pollution don't really help to preserve the site, this is why it was placed among 100 most endangered sites.
Needeless to mention that the Aqueduct is the first construction of the city. It took centiries before other landmarks like Alcazar, the Cathedral, and the city walls were added to Segovia

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2007
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