Water is Life! Lisbon’s Historic Aqueduct

LIS 107-301
  • Learn about Lisbon’s history by understanding how it got its water
  • Visit to Lisbon Aqueduct; Mãe de Água reservoir and Loreto Gallery
  • Panoramic drive and walk in Lisbon center – Chiado and Bairro Alto quarter
Program Overview
Country: Portugal
Depart: Sep 28, 2019 9:15 AM
Return: Sep 28, 2019 1:15 PM
Duration: Day Program (4 hours)
Capacity: 21
Program Fee
$68.00 (early booking: $65.00)

Field Work Conflicts
  • BZ-418-83297 Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Walk through century-old tunnels, see incredible city views and learn more about the one thing we all can’t live without: fresh water.

The Lisbon Aqueduct was built in 1746 to bring the city its first clean drinking water. Lisbon’s remarkable aqueduct is made up of 109 stone arches, which were the tallest stone arches in the world when they were built. Its total length is 58km (36 miles), but the most visible parts are the 14 arches crossing the Alcantara Valley (the best views are from Campolide train station), the tallest of which rise to a spectacular 65m (213ft) from the ground with a span of 29m (95ft). Astoundingly, it all survived the 1755 earthquake.

Special Note

  • Not appropriate for guests with limited mobility
  • People afraid of heights should avoid crossing the aqueduct (height of 65 meters, protected by a wall of 1.5 meters).
  • People with claustrophobia may not feel comfortable in the gallery (1.50 meters wide and 2.30 high).
  • Children must be at least 10 years old