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Check out today’s post on the Querétaro Aqueduct – what an amazing structure!
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The Querétaro Aqueduct
The aqueduct was built in the beginning of the 17th century by the Marquis del Villa del Aguila. At the time he was the richest man in Querétaro.
One of the city’s most serious problems was supplying water to its residence. The Marquis heeded the requests for a supply of clean water for the growing city.
The Marquis provided funds for a long aqueduct to bring in spring water from the ancient settlement of La Cañada, some nine kilometers away, personally supervising the construction and even laying stones with his own hands.
Although the first section of the channel traveled underground, the final length of the waterway ran atop a long arcade that stretched almost five kilometers down into the valley where the city lay. The aqueduct terminated at La Caja de Agua, a cistern near the hillside monastery of Santa Cruz, which released water under pressure to a dozen public fountains and some 60 private ones in the city.
Recently restored to pristine condition, the elevated structure is of Roman dimensions, comprising some 74 arches, some as high as 30 meters. Although it no longer carries municipal water, the colonial aqueduct is one of the most ambitious hydraulic projects of the colonial era in Mexico. It is an imposing sight as it sweeps into the city from the surrounding hills.