Acueducto de los Milagros, Merida

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The Acueducto de los Milagros is the ruins of a Roman aqueduct bridge, part of the aqueduct built to supply water to the Roman colony of Emerita Augusta, today Mérida, Spain.Only a relatively small stretch of the aqueduct still stands, consisting of 38 arched pillars standing 25m high along a course of some 830m. 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 Lago de Proserpina, fed by a stream called Las Pardillas, around 5km to the north-west of Mérida.It is thought to have been constructed during the 1st century AD, with a second phase of building around 300 AD. In later centuries, the inhabitants of Mérida dubbed it the "Miraculous Aqueduct" for the awe that it evoked.The aqueduct was one of three built at Mérida, the other two being the 15km long Aqua Augusta, fed by the Cornalvo reservoir, and San Lázaro, fed by underground channels. 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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  • This aquaduct is gigantic. Topped with stork nests. Very impressive to see and to think how they built it. At the end there's also a Roman bridge. It's in a park so nice to have a walk about if the we...  more »
  • Stunning monument, fascinates as you pass under its arches and observe its architecture,in summer it is good to sit in front of him to look at it at night
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  • A great place to see a Roman viaduct for free. There is plenty of free public parking nearby.
  • This is wonderful! All set within a park and it's free!! Great backdrop for a romantic picnic, the majestic towering aqueduct makes you feel like you are in ancient Rome. Helpful? Click 'like'
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