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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Carioca Aqueduct Reviews
Belíssima a construção chamada “Arcos da Lapa” na região central do Rio de Janeiro, no bairro da Lapa. Antigo aqueduto no estilo romano da época do Brasil colônia, não deve deixar de ser visto, porque... more »Beautiful construction called "Arcos da Lapa" in the central region of Rio de Janeiro, in the neighborhood of Lapa. Ancient aqueduct in the Roman style of the time of Brazil colony, should not fail to be seen, because like this, I believe we will only see in Europe. Moreover, it is very well maintained and in the evening, illuminated.
Em período de carnaval não indico ir. Difícil acesso de carro, não tem lugar para estacionar próximo, estava muito cheio, brigas, e a região estava muito suja. more »In Carnival period do not indicate go. Difficult to access by car, there is no place to park nearby, was very crowded, fights, and the region was very dirty.
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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