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Plate millesim 2022

The Water Museum is a collection 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 reservoir da Mãe d'Água, the reservoir da Patriarcal, the Barbadinhos steam station and the Loreto gallery (an underground tunnel lined with stone canals for transporting water to the fountains).

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Visits by appointment to the Loreto Gallery from the Mãe d'água reservoir or the Patriarcal reservoir. The rua do Alviela museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

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FREE WATER AQUEDUCT

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, closed on public holidays. Admission: €4, free for children under 17.

Built on the orders of Dom João V, to bring drinking water to Lisbon from springs located 59 km away, the aqueduct itself is 18 km long. Built between 1728 and 1748, but only completed in 1835 following the earthquake of 1755, access to it is strictly controlled! This is an opportunity to see its 35 gigantic arches (the highest is 64 m!) crossing the Alcântara valley and overhanging the Monsanto park. Together with the Mãe d'Água reservoir, the aqueduct forms part of the Water Museum. This 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 the water supply in the history of Lisbon. The Patriarchal Reservoir, the Barbadinhos Steam Station and the Loreto Gallery are also to be discovered in this museum.



MOTHER-OF-WATER RESERVOIR

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, closed on public holidays. Admission: €5, €2.50 reduced rate, free for children under 12. Visit to 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 ends the aqueduct. Inside, the waters of the aqueduct have been flowing down a wall for more than two centuries and are now flowing into the reservoir. Temporary exhibitions are organized there


PATRIARCHAL RESERVOIR

Open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm. 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 the plans of the French architect Michel Mary. 31 pillars of 9.25 m high at the service of water


DO LORETO GALLERY

Visits by appointment to the Galeria do Loreto from the Mãe d'água reservoir or the Patriarcal reservoir.

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



STEAM LIFTING STATION OF BARBADINHOS

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. Entrance fee: €4, €2 for reduced rates.

Accessible by metro, the nearest one is a 10 minute walk away (Santa Apolónia).

At the end of the 1800s, the large aqueduct built to bring water to Lisbon became insufficient. Therefore, a second one was built, a final reservoir, 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",

It was in operation from 1880 to 1928; replaced by a new electric station, it was deactivated in 1950. Today, the water company EPAL offers you to visit this large hall transformed into a museum

On the first floor, you can admire the four steam engines, 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 you to get to know water from different angles

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