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“Lisbon's water cultural heritage”

Mae de Agua Lisbon Aqueduct and Water Museum
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Lisbon in One Day Historic Private Tour
Ranked #78 of 492 things to do in Lisbon
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This museum (former pumping station) is recommended in my guidebook, so I went to check it out. It's located at Praca das Amoreiras (metro station: Rato), and you can see the end of the Roman aqueduct there. I went on a Sunday and entry was free. According to their website, entry on all weekends in 2018 is free, to tie in the 150th anniversary of EPAL. Note that there's a lunch break. Inside, this pumping station is like a cathedral. You can go up the steps at one end of the wall to view the reservoir from above. Then through still steeper and narrower steps, you can go further up to the roof to have some panoramic view of Lisbon and the aqueduct. I went on a day with drizzle and grey sky, so the view was a bit dull. There were only a few visitors the day I went. Very tranquil place.
It's off the tourist beaten track and interesting to visit.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The water system has many parts all worth visiting - aquaducts, reservoirs and pump houses. The museum here is a large reservoir in a wonderful building. Gives access to see inside the original aquaducts and on the roof good views of the city. Very cheap entrance espec if a senior.

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

The museum was in the course of renovation when we were there, so this is only a partial review. The whole water supply history is a fascinating topic for those who like social history, and the aqueduct leading into the city is an impressive reminder of the public works undertaken in the 18th century when Lisbon was at its height.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

this is a tully beautiful monument in Lisbon, also not very known around the city.
You will learn about the water distribution system from back in the day.
Also it has a good sightseeing floor on the top and it will not disappoint.
This museum is located close the Rato square and is easily accessible.
the only thing I would point out is the info points could be better, in the rooftop could have more info about the surroundings and the history of the place.
Inside you have a info panel but nothing else. if the info was better distributed around would make it more enjoyable.

Thank rmcc83
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This review is about the walk along the aqueduct its self to the NW of the city. It is part of the museum but is not at Rato and is a bit more difficult to get to but if you're interested in seeing it first hand this is well worth the effort. The nearest train station is Campolides. You can walk several kilometres along the top of the towering white stone arches which span a valley just outside the city. It's a great way to appreciate not only it's beauty but also the extraordinary ambition of the 18th century engineers who built it, inspired by the achievements of the Romans. You are also able to look along a section of the water channel inside it. This is part of what are I think 4 sites to this museum. which include the aqueduct section and tanks at Rato. Costing 3 Euros to access them all (from memory) it's a very good thing to do but only if you are interested in this sort of thing. My wife wasn't initially but she throughly loved it in the end and it takes you to a bit of ordinary non tourist Lisbon you wouldn't normally see.

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