America: Mexico,
City of Santiago de Queretaro

Aqueduct

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Historic Buildings

 

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Aqueduct, over a kilometer long, was built between 1726 and 1738 to feed ten public fountains and sixty private ones.

It was made of pink stone and cement and its semicircular arches measuring almost 23 meters high extend along the "Calzada de los Acros" (Avenue of the Arches).

The designer and builder was Marquis of Villa del Villar del Aguila, who donated it to the city at the request of the capuchin nuns from the Convent of San Jose, because the drinking water was unhealthy and, as they claimed, caused madness among inhabitants.

This work of civil engineering, transcended its original purpose and became one of Queretaro's most distinctive features.

 

 

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