Mexico

Other new World Heritage sites: Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque

The aqueduct spans 45km and was designed by a Franciscan friar in the 16th century.
The aqueduct spans 45km and was designed by a Franciscan friar in the 16th century.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

This 16th-century heritage canal system in Mexico is located between two states on the Central Mexican Plateau.

 

It includes a water catchment area, springs, canals, distribution tanks and aqueduct bridges with successive arches.

 

There are three arcades along the 45km-long aqueduct: the first has 46 arches, the second has 13, and the third has 67. The site incorporates the highest single-level arcade ever built in an aqueduct.

 

It was initiated by the Franciscan friar, Padre Francisco de Tembleque, and built with support from the local indigenous communities.

 

This hydraulic system is an example of the exchange of influences between the European tradition of Roman hydraulics and traditional Mesoamerican construction techniques.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2015, with the headline 'Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque'. Print Edition | Subscribe