Monday, March 1, 2010
Aqueduct of Miracles (Mérida)
The aqueduct of the Miracles was one of the conductions that, in Roman epoch, were giving water to the city of Emeritus August .
The above mentioned aqueduct had as principal function give water to the side West of the city. The point of water captation or caput aquae it was placing in Proserpina's reservoir from where there was born a conduction that was winding along almost 12 kilometres.
As for the section in the one that one had to appeal to the construction of series of arches, these lengthen 830 meters, with a height of 25 meters in the deepest part of the valley of the river Albarregas.
It consists of robust, but elegant props, in which they alternate five rows of ashlars of granite with some other rows of brick. Arches to different heights are connecting the props, which core is of opus caementicium. The arches of link are of brick, except which it saves the riverbed of the river Albarregas, which has the very well worn out dovelas of granite. They are still 73 the props that they have remained more or less spoilt.