aque­duct of padre tem­bleque, mex­ico

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

De­signed to carry wa­ter through the Mex­i­can desert, this 16th-cen­tury aque­duct is a stun­ning feat of engi­neer­ing. Meld­ing the Euro­pean tra­di­tion of Ro­man hy­draulics and the tech­nol­ogy of pre-columbian civil­i­sa­tions, it stretches 45 kilo­me­tres from Zem­poala to Otumba. “You fully grasp the vis­ual strength of this aque­duct when you re­alise that it was built over 500 years ago with ab­so­lutely per­fect sym­me­try,” says Mc­curry. “I see it as a work with a po­etic struc­ture, placed right in the mid­dle of nowhere.”

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