Carioca Aqueduct, Rio de Janeiro

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Architectural Building · Landmark
Admire the arches of Carioca Aqueduct, an impressive Roman-style aqueduct. Carrying potable water from the Carioca River, the aqueduct spans 270 m (886 ft) over 42 stone arches, standing 40 m (131 ft) tall. Built by the Portuguese in 1723 to provide Rio with drinking water, the structure required the combined efforts of Indios and African slaves. Since 1896, the aqueduct has served as a bridge for a tram service climbing up Santa Teresa Hill from the city center. Various events are frequently held at the plaza next to the iconic structure. See Carioca Aqueduct and all Rio de Janeiro has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.
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  • This use to be a train crossing that is no longer in operation but now a pretty cool backdrop in Lapa which has a very vibrant nightlife. It is also minutes away from the famous tiled stairs. It is...  more »
  • I lived in Rio for exactly 100 days and just a few blocks away from the arches. My first impression was my god what a mess. Homeless people and a constant voice in my head screaming “danger”. Now....  more »
  • We did a quick drive-by of the aqueduct during a Rio highlights tour we were on. We made the driver stop and asked the tour guide to give us a bit more detail about this seemingly out of place structure in the middle of the city. What started out as a mechanism to deliver water to the fountains spread throughout the city is now a pathway for the tram shuffling people to and fro.
  • Nice place as a start of going out in lapa.
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