Acueducto de los Milagros

Mérida, Spain

The Acueducto de los Milagros (Aqueduct of the Miracles) is a Roman aqueduct in Mérida, Spain. It was built during the first century AD to supply water from the Proserpina Dam to the ancient Roman colony of Emerita Augusta. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the aqueduct fell into decay and today it is in ruins with only a relatively small section of the aqueduct bridge standing. The Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, including the aqueduct, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Only a relatively small stretch of the aqueduct still stands, consisting of 38 arched pillars standing 25 metres high along a course of some 830 metres. It is constructed from opus mixtum – granite ashlar blocks interspersed with red brick – utilising a double arcade arrangement. The structure originally brought water to the city from a reservoir called the Proserpina Dam, fed by a stream called Las Pardillas, around 5 km to the north-west of Mérida.

It is thought to have been constructed during the 1st century AD, with a second phase of building (or renovations) around 300 AD. The aqueduct is preserved as part of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the immediate vicinity, a small Roman bridge called Puente de Albarregas runs parallel to the arcades.

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Founded: 1st century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Brisippus (9 months ago)
Beautiful ruins in a beautiful city. There’s parking very close by and there were spaces available even on a busy weekend. The aqueduct is bit removed from the other Roman ruins in Mérida, but they’re worth the short drive/walk.
Chiny (9 months ago)
Built to impress and it still does. Worth the stroll to/within a pleasant park, to view. Quiet at times, but plenty of people about, some tourists, some locals. Worth reading the assorted descriptions dotted around.
Fire Hazard (10 months ago)
Great views of aqueducts for free. Definitely worth a visit.
Matthew Taylor (14 months ago)
Not the best preserved aqueduct in Spain (visit Segovia for that), but still pretty amazing.
חזי אינט (15 months ago)
Great place to stop on a road trip and relax. Beautiful park nice to walk around in. Beautiful Roman Aqueduct.
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