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At the end of the 1800s, the large aqueduct built to carry water to Lisbon became insufficient. That is why a second, final reservoir was built, as well as a steam station with the aim of distributing water throughout the city. The latter was installed in a former Franciscan convent to which it owes its name "barbadinhos", since Italian brothers with a beard (barba in Portuguese) lived there. The objective was to bring the water from the Alviela River up to the Penha de França reservoirs. It was in operation from 1880 to 1928; replaced by a new electrical station, it was deactivated in 1950. Today, the EPAL water company invites you to visit this large hall, which has been transformed into a museum. Just the space itself is impressive. On the first floor, you can admire the four steam machines unique in Europe and manufactured by a French company E. Windsor & Fils, a rare example in industrial archaeology. A more recent part houses the permanent exhibition of the Museu da Água and invites visitors to discover water in several aspects: history, science, technology and environmental sustainability. This museum is one of the four nuclei that make up the Museu da Água (the Aqueduct, the reservoir of Mãe d'Água and the reservoir of Patriarchal) although it is off-centre compared to the others. The nearest metro station is a 10-minute walk from Santa Apolónia station.

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Open from Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-5.30pm. Closed on holidays. Entrance: €4, €2 reduced rate.

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GALERIA DO LORETO

Visits by appointment to the Gallery do Loreto from the Mãe d'água Reservoir or the Patriarchal Reservoir.

The Galeria do Loreto, with its 1,200 m of tunnels lined with stone canals to carry water to the fountains, leads to the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint.


Galeria do Lore - ©Museu da água
Galeria do Lore - ©Museu da água

MOTHER-OF-WATER RESERVOIR

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm, closed on public holidays. Admission: €5, €2.50 reduced rate, free for children under 12. Visit the Loreto Gallery (1,200 m) rua das Amoreiras, Casa do Registo to the Belvedere of São Pedro de Alcântara, by appointment: admission €5 (adult), €2.50 (reduced rate), free for children under 12.

The Mother of Water is the name of this cubic building that completes the aqueduct. Inside, the water from the aqueduct has been flowing for more than two centuries on a wall and flows into the reservoir. Temporary exhibitions are organized there

Reservatório da - ©Museu da água
Reservatório da - ©Museu da água

PATRIARCHAL RESERVOIR - WATER MUSEUM

Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Admission 2€.

Located in the basement of the França Borges garden, it is a water reservoir built by the water company between 1860 and 1864, with plans by the French architect Michel Mary. 31 pillars 9.25 m high serving water

Reservatório da - ©Museu da água
Reservatório da - ©Museu da água

WATER MUSEUM

The Water Museum is made up of a group of monuments and buildings built between the 18th and 19th centuries that have an important place in the history of water supply in Lisbon and today constitute a historical, heritage, technological and scientific route. The museum includes the Aqueduct das Águas Livres, the da Mãe d'Água reservoir, the da Patriarcal reservoir, the Barbadinhos Steam Station and the Loreto Gallery (underground tunnel lined with stone canals to carry water to the fountains).


OPEN WATER AQUEDUCT - WATER MUSEUM

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, closed on public holidays. Admission: 4 €, free until 17 years old.

Built on the orders of Dom João V, to bring drinking water to Lisbon from springs 59 km away, the aqueduct itself is 18 km long. Built between 1728 and 1748, but completed only in 1835 following the 1755 earthquake, its access is strictly controlled! This is an opportunity to take a closer look at its 35 gigantic arches (the highest measures 64 m!) crossing the Alcântara valley and overlooking the Monsanto park. The aqueduct is part, together with the Mãe d'Água reservoir, of the Water Museum. The museum is made up of a group of monuments and buildings built between the 18th and 19th centuries, which bear witness to the importance of water supply in the history of Lisbon. Also to be discovered in this museum are the Patriarchal Reservoir, the Barbadinhos Steam Station and the Loreto Gallery
Aqueduto das ág - ©Museu da água
Aqueduto das ág - ©Museu da água

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