Amoreira Aqueduct

Aqueduct in Elvas

Aqueduto Amoreira
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Ricardo Manuel Aguiar Santos

The Amoreira Aqueduct is a historical aqueduct located in the city of Elvas, in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The aqueduct was built in the 16th century, during the reign of King Dom Manuel I, to supply water to the city and its fortifications.

The aqueduct is made up of a series of arches, which stretch for over five kilometers across the countryside surrounding Elvas. The arches are made of granite and rise to a height of up to 30 meters in some places. The aqueduct was built using a combination of manual labor and innovative engineering techniques, and its construction took several decades to complete.

The Amoreira Aqueduct is considered to be a remarkable example of Renaissance-era engineering and architecture, and it is one of the most impressive aqueducts in Portugal. It has been designated a National Monument and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the other fortifications of Elvas.

Today, visitors to Elvas can walk along the aqueduct, taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and marveling at the engineering feat that enabled the city to have a reliable source of water for centuries. The aqueduct is a popular tourist attraction and a testament to the ingenuity and perseverance of the people who built it.

The Amoreira Aqueduct appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Elvas!

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Visiting Amoreira Aqueduct

Address: Amoreira Aqueduct, Elvas, Portugal
Duration: 30 minutes

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