Friday, 5 November 2010

Roman aqueduct

A highlight of Segovia is the incredibly well preserved ancient Roman aqueduct that runs through the town (and disappears into the old part of the town). It is apparently one of the best preserved Roman artefacts in Europe/the World, with the preserved section spanning around 800m. Our hotel is near to the aqueduct at its highest point – in fact we can see it from our balcony! – and to see it suspended and soaring in the air makes me grin.

We walked all the way to the 'beginning' of the aqueduct, where the land rises and one can see down the water channel. The engineering that went into this structure was amazing; not only did they have to get all those arches absolutely right, they had to maintain a very specific gradient over an undulating landscape to ensure the water was delivered appropriately. A definite highlight of Segovia!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That is so cool. And great photo too. Just love it.