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LuizDutraNeto wrote a review Aug 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,501 contributions1,517 helpful votes
Right after the major earthquakes of 1773, known as the "Terremotos de Santa María", which destroyed the city of "Santiago de los Caballeros" (the actual "Antigua"), the Spanish authorities decided to build a new city - "La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción" (the actual "Ciudad de Guatemala") - replacing the former capital. In order to provide the new city with abundant water supplies, architect José Bernardo Ramírez was commissioned to build an aqueduct transporting water from the sources in "Santa Catarina Pinula", over the mountain range known as "Montículos de la Culebra", to "La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción", at a total extension calculated on 7 kms. This masterpiece of engineering is today known as "Acueducto de Pinula de los Arcos", or "Acueducto de la Culebra". It supplied fresh water from 1776 to 1938, but was pretty much damaged by the several earthquakes that have struck the country over the centuries. Its awesome ruins represent today maybe only half of its initial extension. Nevertheless, the ruins of this important colonial construction were appointed as a Guatemalan National Archaeological, Historic and Artistic Heritage Site in 1970! While visiting "Ciudad de Guatemala", you will certainly drive along these magnificent ruins many times! Enjoy!…
Date of experience: November 2019
mariposas_viajeras wrote a review Aug 2019
New York City, New York81 contributions10 helpful votes
This was one of the landmark we visited while in Guatemala. The city is full of history and a lot of historical places to visit & enjoy.
Date of experience: July 2019
Chapingros wrote a review May 2018
Guatemala City, Guatemala194 contributions47 helpful votes
Not all that interesting to see. I drive by nearly every week. I´m sure it has great history but it is rather boring to see. Don´t make a special trip to see it.
Date of experience: May 2018
DJM1945 wrote a review Mar 2018
Montrose, United Kingdom1,667 contributions393 helpful votes
We came across this on our tour by bus of the city and our guide explained how important it once was to the city as it was a key source of water. It is still standing and looks superb.
Date of experience: March 2018
Giuseppe S wrote a review Mar 2018
Antwerp, Belgium869 contributions136 helpful votes
Indeed not a common sight but massive imposing work still standing that will catch you eye when driving nearby (as it is very close to airport/zoo). Obviously nothing to do with the Romans but the style and the purpose is the same of those you might see in Europe.
Date of experience: February 2018