9 June 2018

Lisbon, Portugal

The jacaranda trees have been in bloom for some time now, giving the city streets and parks a pop of purple, with the fallen blossoms colouring the pavements purple too.

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The Aqueduto das Áquas Livres, (Aqueduct of free waters) was built between 1731 and 1799. It was a system for collecting and transporting water using gravity, taking water from around sixty sources outside Lisbon to thirty fountains in the city, which were the only sources of clean drinking water. The aqueduct survived the earthquake of 1755, and continued to provide drinking water until the 1960s.

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The aqueduct is 58 kilometres long, with the most visible part of the structure crossing the Alcantara valley.  The tallest arch is 65 metres high with a span of 29 meters, the arches were the tallest in the world when it was built. It was designated a National Monument in 1910.

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The funiculars on Calçada de Gloria, have just been refurbished, so I took a couple of photos of the freshly painted cars, while they are still graffiti free.

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