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San Telmo Aqueduct - Monuments

Acueducto de San Telmo

San Telmo Aqueduct

This great piece of 18th century engineering work was built to improve the supply of water to the city. Located in the Ciudad Jardín district, it was declared of cultural interest as it is considered one of the most important hydraulic works of its period in Spain.

The project was sponsored by Bishop Molina Lario who suggested that it be built because water was already scarce and the shortage was compounded by drought and the city's increasing population and commercial activity.

It is located above the Humaina stream. The aqueduct is built of brick and is 75 m long and 15 m high with 4 spans that measure 7 m across. It is 2.5 m thick at the top and 5.8 m at the bottom. The piers are 3.34 m thick. The piers are square and the upstream cutwaters are bow-shaped while the downstream ones are circular. A small buttress joins the cutwaters to the pilasters of the parapet, finished off by a simple moulding that acts as an impost for the arches.

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