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This structure is 15 minutes from my home.

An aquaduct from 2-1 BC. It is one of the best preserved structures of its type in Spain. At one point along its route, around 3.2 KM is visible as it winds its way around and down a valley, often bridging opposing peaks. The Roman aqueducts, despite their appearances, were built mostly underground. However, they are now known as the monumental aqueducts built to bridge geographic barriers in order to give a continuous water channel. The slenderness of this type of construction, along with the tremendous height reached by some of them, makes them the most beautiful works of civil engineering of all time, especially taking into account the difficulties overcome to build them.

 

 

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Very nice aqueducts. When I read the title of this thread I immediately thought of the Latin influence on Spanish rather than the architecture! Spanish is essentially Vulgar Latin that has evolved for a few centuries. In addition, later on the Kings of Spain would style themselves on their coins as Roman Emperors. 
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1 hour ago, expat said:

This structure is 15 minutes from my home.

An aquaduct from 2-1 BC. It is one of the best preserved structures of its type in Spain. At one point along its route, around 3.2 KM is visible as it winds its way around and down a valley, often bridging opposing peaks. The Roman aqueducts, despite their appearances, were built mostly underground. However, they are now known as the monumental aqueducts built to bridge geographic barriers in order to give a continuous water channel. The slenderness of this type of construction, along with the tremendous height reached by some of them, makes them the most beautiful works of civil engineering of all time, especially taking into account the difficulties overcome to build them.

 

 

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Is this the famous aqueduct near Segovia? 

As you probably know Segovia's mint mark for over 100 years was the aqueduct, shown here on its side, with an angel's head on top.  This is from the 8 reales, 1590 that I had the good fortune to acquire in 1992.

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Edit:  I just Googled "aqueduct Segovia" and the images indicate that it not the aqueduct in the OP.  I'd love to visit Spain one of these years.

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4 minutes ago, robinjojo said:

Is this the famous aqueduct near Segovia? 

As you probably know Segovia's mint mark for over 100 years was the aqueduct, shown here on its side, with an angel's head on top.  This is from the 8 reales, 1590 that I had the good fortune to acquire in 1992.

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No, the one I posted is in the South East of Spain. There are 10 left in Spain in various states of condition. Segovia has the most eye appeal on the above ground section, hence its use on old coinage and the last 2 hundred years of postcard images etc.

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I don't think it's the Segovia aqueduct - at least, not near the city centre, where it's best-known.

This is from 2006.

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And 2002.

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I had a primitive digital camera then and a tiny memory card, so stuck with 640x480 photos!

Merida (Augusta Emerita) is well worth a visit, as it has many Roman remains.

A bridge...

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Which leads to what used to be the Double Gate:

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As seen on the coins!

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Temple at night.

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And the next day.

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Aqueducts - I had a nice run in a park in which this aqueduct lies

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A nice roundabout.

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Theatre.

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Amphitheatre.

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And a lot more.

I had a Spanish girlfriend years ago and saw a lot of the country, though wasn't always seeking out the Roman ruins.

ATB,
Aidan.

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40 mins up the road from my home is...The famous Pont del Diable, or Devil’s Bridge, is only a fragment of a much larger conduit used to supply the city of Tarraco with water from the Francolí River. The water was taken from the Rourell area, 92 metres above sea level, and carried more than ten kilometres through a network of conduits and aqueducts of varying sizes. The portion constituting what is today called the Les Ferreres aqueduct is 217 metres long and nearly 2 metres wide, reaching a maximum height of 27 metres. The upper tier is comprised of 25 arches, and the lower tier of 11, each with a span of 5.90 metres. The structure was built in the 1st century A.D. from large ashlars stacked without mortar to form the two tiers of arches.

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14 minutes ago, antwerpen2306 said:

deo volente, next year a round trip by car in Spain. Last time was in 2017

There is no shortage of historical places to visit and stunning coastlines and nature.

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