This mighty aqueduct bisects the central plaza of the Spanish city of Segovia and is one of the most well-preserved Roman aqueducts in the world.
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Historians have not definitively identified an exact date for the construction of the aqueduct, but it is thought to have been built sometime between 112 and 117 AD. This would place the aqueduct's timeline somewhere within the reigns of Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. It was designed to provide the fledgling city with water from the Rio Frio River.
Segovia itself was originally inhabited by Celtic tribes, who were forced out by the Romans. The aqueduct has formed a key part of the city's identity for centuries and even occupies a prominent place on Segovia's official coat of arms.
The main portion of the aqueduct dominates Segovia's city center. The remaining structure runs for 794 meters, beginning outside the city and charting a course that can be followed on foot. Perhaps the most incredible fact about the aqueduct is that it has stood for thousands of years without being held together by mortar.
The tallest part of the aqueduct is over 28 meters high. The structure has two levels stacked on top of each other. In total, the aqueduct contains 167 individual arches. This architectural marvel is surrounded by the city of Segovia, with plenty of cafes and hotels within walking distance.
Visiting information and tips
The aqueduct is free to visit as it stands proudly in one of Segovia's main plazas. Guided tours are available.