Águas Livres Aqueduct

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Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct
Águas Livres Aqueduct


Classified as a National Monument, the Aqueduct is a remarkable masterpiece of hydraulic engineering, having been designed to celebrate the entry of the water into Lisbon. Started in 1732, during the reign of king D. João V, in Baroque and Neoclassical style, architects such as Cannevari, Manuel da Maia, Custódio Vieira and Carlos Mardel participated in its building. From the spring, 2 km from Belas, up to Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras, its largest water reservoir, including its network of canals, the Aqueduct extends over close to 59 km. Places of special interest include: the Arches over Alcântara Valley, with 35 arches (21 complete and 14 in partial ruin), Amoreiras Archway, in the form of a triumphal arch, with two doric pilasters connected by a full arch, crowned by an entablature with a commemorative headstone and triangular pediment, and Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras, the receiver reservoir. In operation since 1748, the aqueduct was deactivated during the 3rd quarter of the twentieth century, having been reopened to the public in 1986.


Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday | 10am - 5.30pm.
Closed on Sunday, Monday, holidays, November 30 and March 1.
Guided Tours | Wednesday abd Saturday | 11am and 3pm


Transport

Bus: 758
Metro: Rato

Location

Concelhos de Lisboa, Amadora, Odivelas, Oeiras e Sintra; Calçada Bento da Rocha Cabral, 7 e Praça das Amoreiras, 10 (Mãe d'Água (EPAL))
Lisboa

Region: Santo António

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Date of update:
2019