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Segovia's Aqueduct

Just 60 miles north of Madrid, the city of Segovia is a great place to relax, and really enjoy the local atmosphere. The town's most striking feature is the aqueduct, built sometime during the reign of the emperors Augustus and Trajan (1st century AD). The aqueduct extends more than 10 miles, delivering water to the town center from the Rio Frio.

As the channel approaches Segovia it has to cross the valley at the base of the town, so the Roman engineers designed a bridge to carry the water channel. The span is more than 2000 feet long, over 96 feet high, and constructed entirely without mortar binding the stones together. The aqueduct delivered a water flow of over 8 gallons per second, and actually functioned as the town's back-up water supply until the 1980's.

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