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Carioca Aqueduct, Brazil

Carioca Aqueduct, Brazil

A mid 18th Century built water crossing, the Carioca Aqueduct in Brazil’s famous capital city Rio de Janeiro was built to supply fresh water to the cities many thirsty residents in need of drinking water. Also known as the Arcos de Lapa, or arches of Lapa, it’s now used as a cool meeting place for people going out for the evening in the bohemian region of Lapa.

It’s now also used as a tram route from the capital city up through the hills of the nearby Santa Teresa neighbourhood which is as useful for residents as it is fun for tourists and thrill seekers. Only now partially open after an incident with the brakes of one of the trams, it still provides stunning views.

Formed of 42 beautiful monumental arches over two rows atop one another stretching from Santo Antonio to Santa Teresa over 270 metres in length, this aqueduct is 17.6 metres tall. It’s said to have been built using a mixture of lime and whale oil which were freely available building materials commonly used at the time (There was nothing resembling the concrete we’re now used to!). Presumably at the time, there wasn’t much thought put towards the Health and Safety rules we’re now used to either.