Aqueduct of Segovia

Segovia, Spain

The Roman aqueduct of Segovia was built, probably in the 1st century BC, to bring water from the mountains to the hilltop settlement of Segovia. It was a massive feat of engineering as it ran for around 15 km and had to cross a wide valley before it entered the city. It was used to bring water to the town until the 19th century.

Today the aquduct is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also includes the old city and fortifications of Segovia. It is an enormous construction of masonry, 813 m in length, consisting of four straight segments and two superimposed arcades borne by 128 pillars. At the lowest point of the valley, the Aqueduct stands at a height of 28.5 m above ground. The tall arches of the aqueduct bridge are a major tourist attraction.

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Founded: 50 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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macedonboy (10 months ago)
I've only ever seen a couple of ruins of Roman aqueducts, but certainly never imagined that it would look so magnificent in real life. Until you're standing right underneath it, it's hard to comprehend the marvel of engineering undertaken to build such a thing. Don't just stand underneath it though. Climb up the stairs to near the top of the aqueduct if you can. It looks even more magnificent from the top and the views of the city from there are fantastic. A must visit in Segovia or a day trip from Madrid.
Satish Chandran (10 months ago)
Another beautiful Roman architecture. Its always a wonder how they managed to do such a feat all those years ago. Free to view site. The place was flush with tourists. Must see. Highly recommended. UNESCO World heritage site.
Paul Ogier (10 months ago)
Amazing to see this still standing 2000 years later. It feels like you are participating in a part of history just by being there. We went with a local guide who explained the distance the water had to travel and the angle of the Aqueduct which made the tour even better. Either research before hand or get yourself a guide.
Year Bune Seraypheap (10 months ago)
I've been to many aquaducts surrounding Italy, and I believe this is the best one I've visited. You can truly appreciate the thought and engineering expertise that went into building this water way. The fact that a large section of it is still in tact makes it even more awe inspiring. It's a must visit if your in the area. The coffee shop close to the base makes for great pictures too.
eryl valeroso (10 months ago)
It is awe-inspiring. A perfect testament to man's engineering and creativity. Not to.mention resilience. I felt exhilarated and humbled standing at the foot of the structure.
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