Monday, 20 June 2011

Arcos da Lapa

The Arcos da Lapa is another name for the Carioca Aqueduct, given to it by the residents of Rio de Janeiro - it's in the Lapa district and it has arches, so why not?

An aqueduct was finally built in 1723, after earlier attempts failed, bringing fresh water from the Carioca river to the Santo Antônio in Rio.  Before very long, it needed to be replaced by a larger structure and that is the one seen today.  The most impressive part is that going through the Lapa neighbourhood.

By the end of the 19th century it was no longer needed to supply water to the city so it was adapted into a tramway.  Since then, houses nearby have been demolished to enhance the view.  The tram is still the only one in use in rio de Janeiro.

Behind, you can see the conical shape of the Metropolitan Cathedral.


  1. I am glad they are preserving it.

  2. I posted an old postcard of the aqueduct some time ago. Although the structure is the same, the surroundings are totally different.

  3. The closest I've been to Brazil is the Argentian side of Iguazu Falls. I'd love to visit Rio.


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