Ruins of Roman Aqueduct of Merida, Spain

Roman aqueducts of yesteryear were lifelines of their civilization then! In Merida we spottedΒ  the ruins of gigantic aqueduct. It was bang across the road when we were exiting Merida towards Elvas in Portugal.

Roman Aqueduct of Merida

This aqueduct β€œthe Los Milagros aqueduct” is one of the most well preserved remains from1AD. It is 25m (82 ft) high and around 830m (2,720 ft) long. The Los Milagros aqueduct functioned as water supply lines to the settlements around – Augusta Emerita, which was the capital of Roman Lusitania, modern Merida. Roman Aqueduct of Merida is a fine example of Roman engineering skills.

The triple levels of looming brick arches are visible from far. The combination of the building materials, alternating layers of bricks and granite makes it very attractive. I have here pics clicked from car while driving by. The aqueduct tops seem to be conquered by the storks that have nested there with their growing family over all the arches.

Roman Aqueduct of Merida

Roman Aqueduct of Merida, driveby shot

Roman Aqueduct of Merida


Google Map of the Aqueduct

This is the satellite version of google map of Roman aqueduct of Merida, Spain. You can see the shadow the aqueduct. You can click to enlarge and see details. This aqueduct is included in the list of 10 most beautiful Roman aqueducts in the world. You can see the entire list here: 10 Most Beautiful Roman Aqueducts. I have seen 2 in this list. How many have you seen?


Google map of Roman Aqueduct of Merida



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28 Responses

  1. Interesting piece of history. Nice tall arches.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Terrific captures for the day, Indrani!! A wonderful look back in time! Thanks for sharing, as always! Hope you have a great new week! Enjoy!

  3. wow… how i love such places… awesome!! πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful tall arches πŸ™‚

  5. ladyfi says:

    What amazing remains!

  6. Aqueduct preserved from 1 AD! Their engineering skills were simply amazing!

  7. That was good engineering!!!!

  8. Reminders of old civilization are so intesting and fascinating.

  9. Lovely tall arches. Seems quite an interesting historical place πŸ™‚

  10. Monuments aside their cars though resemble quite a few models presently plying in our country πŸ˜€

  11. Sri Kri says:

    Need to see all these 10 Most Beautiful Roman Aqueducts.Will definitely share once we visit these lovely Roman Aqueducts.Glad that you saw 2 from these list.
    Beautiful Shots.

    Sriram & Krithiga

  12. Awesome clicks, Indrani. Thanks for sharing.. πŸ™‚

  13. WOW! AWESOME pics! πŸ™‚

  14. eileeninmd says:

    Helo Indrani, beautiful captures of the Aqueduct. It is neat to see the storks nesting on top, I would love to see this scene. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  15. Kash Pals says:

    Interesting article and also the satellite version of Google map over Merida, Spain.

  16. Lovely captures πŸ™‚

  17. Mridula says:

    I have not seen even a single one πŸ™ Glad to see it through your pictures. Do you have a close up of the birds?

  18. Yes Mridula I do have a closeup of the nests but not from aqueduct from another place. Portugal is full of them.

  19. Such an interesting place. Great captures πŸ™‚

  20. D.Nambiar says:

    That is a beautiful aqueduct or remains of one.
    Nice to see it in the satellite image too. πŸ™‚

  21. Klara says:

    impressive. thanks for the additional info and google map.

  22. Great shots and good text, Indrani.

  23. These structures " aqueducts " are there since 1Ad ? it is very interesting and definitely give a chance to learn to worlds Civil Engineers !! very beautiful post Indrani ji

  24. Roman Architecture is unique by itself.. Nice Photo Clicks!

  25. Great captures Indrani!! We have seen the Aqueduct of Segovia, its truely an amazing feeling when you look at the genius ancient engineering works πŸ™‚

  26. vatsala mallya says:

    Old civilization dating back to 1AD , truly marvellous ! Amazing engineering skill !

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