25 January 2015

Évora Aqueduct, Green path

The Aqueduct of Água da Prata (literally Silver Water) was the most important hydraulic structure built in Portugal during the 16th century.


The Aqueduct of Água da Prata (literally Silver Water) was the most important hydraulic structure built​ in Portugal during the 16th century.

The innumerable works of conservation​ done over time were not eno​uth to ensure an appropriate and regular supply of public water to the city, a solution only found​ with the great reform initiated in 1873, which gave the Aqueduct its current appearance between S. Bento de Cástris and Metrogos. 

The Aqueduct still fulfills its function today, contributing to the flow of water supply the city.

In addition to the monumental arcade, classified as National  Monument (1910), the Aqueduct is an immense construction  approximately 19 km long, from the spring of Divor to the  centre of the city. Of this total lenght, the green path which has currently been created, features the essential of the  sixteenth and nineteenth century construction works, over a  distance of 8.3 km between the Convent of Cartuxa and the  road of Arcos do Divor. Combining heritage, historical and  technical aspects with the surrounding landscape, uncommonly  beautiful and diversied, this project presents a double attraction, both as a centre for public benefit as well as a tourist resource for the city.

To know more see the attached documents .