Remains of the Roman Aqueduct

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Resti dell´acquedotto romano

Balbus the Elder, born in Cadiz, ordered an aqueduct to be built to supply water to the Neapoli or new city that was built in the 1st century B.C. on the site that is current occupied by the Santa Maria and El Pópulo districts. The aqueduct was supplied from the Tempul spring and ran for over fifty kilometres towards Gades, as Cadiz was known in Roman times. It has elevated and underground sections to ensure that the liquid was at the appropriate pressure to reach the large deposits located next to the Puerta de Tierra or Land Gate.  The last section was made up of blocks of stones drilled inside through which a lead pipe ran. There are the remains nearby of a building with an arcaded courtyard, also dating back to Roman times, in the Varela gardens. 
The remains of the aqueduct that are currently exposed are from the remains of the same ones at the Cortadura beach.

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