A Roman Engineering Feat in Segovia, Spain

When travelling home from Abadia Retuerta LeDomane, en route to Madrid, I stopped off in the ancient city of Segovia for a brief moment to marvel at one of the most incredible engineering projects I have ever seen.

The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, located just by the Plaza del Azoguejo, is now – quite rightly – a protected UNESCO world heritage site.

It apparently dates back to around AD50 – and is built from around 25,000 granite blocks, placed so perfectly that no mortar was used.  It is around 813 metres in length, consists of more than 221 piers and at the lowest part of the valley, the Aqueduct is around 28.5 metres in height above ground.

What I particularly love is the way that the city has grown around it with buildings abutting the old ancient wall surrounding the city.  There is so much more to see here so I hope to return soon but this one construction – in such a good state of repair – quite took my breath away.   Awe-inspiring.

Contributor and photographer:  Sue Lowry

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