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Acueducto de los Milagros

38.9244° N, 6.3481° W

  • If there’s one thing the Romans are famous for, it’s working miracles. Their accomplishments still decorate our cities, roads and countryside, standing the test of thousands of years and impressing historians worldwide – one of these is the Aqueduct of Miracles.

    Built in the first century AD to supply water to nearby Mérida, then the Roman colony of Emerita Augusta, it was one of three aqueducts that supplied the settlement with water for public baths, latrines and private households as well as farms and gardens. An essential tool in Roman life, it fed water from the nearby natural reservoir, Lago de Proserpina and carried it over 5km across its 38 arched pillars to the colony. It was more than a just a central part of Roman life in the region; it was essential.

    In the warm months those partial to the outdoors might fancy roughing it in one of the nearby campsites and really soaking up the beauty of the area; it’s an unbelievably striking region, but not all of us are big on camping. To you, we offer a more than satisfactory alternative. The town of Merida is only 46 miles away, and as well as being a beautiful drive it is also the perfect location for a mind-blowing picnic, a stroll among its remaining historical monuments or even the ultimate day out for a young Roman enthusiast; hey, why not bring some togas and tunics, some brooches and breeches and make it a real Roman reception?

IMAGE CREDIT: Esteban Viso
April 21st 2015