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Elvas - Aqueduct with visual effects

Being a border town (at 8 km from Spain) Elvas has often been the scene of battles but since 1229 it definitively belonged to Portugal.

In Elvas the water supply has always been important and in 1537 Juan III, king of Portugal, has decided to build an aqueduct.
The project became increasingly expensive and several times over many years the works were suspended due to lack of funds. In 1620 the water ran of the aqueduct near the town walls and finally in 1622 the project was completed.

The Aqueduto da Amoreira is classified as a national monument since 1910. The name refers to the place where the water came from.

Personally I think this is one of the most impressive constructions in Portugal. Its total length is 7 km. Some sources state 8,5 km. I havent measured it :) but Its definitely worth to hike along for a few kilometers.
There are a total of 843 arcades and in the valley the aqueduct reaches a height of 31 meters.

Previously a lot of pictures of this aqueduct has already been posted on TE. However because of its length its still possible to present new views of it.

In addition to the imposing sight I found the aqueduct visually very striking, certainly with the sun falling in from one side.

If you have time, take also a look at the altered image # 1 in the workshop. As often also here I had doubt about which image I would choose as the main picture. And sometimes - according to your answers I make the completely wrong choice :)

The information mentioned above and much more can be found on Wikipedia.

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