Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque

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Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
View of a portion of the Main Arcade 25 April 2010, 17:04
Official name Acueducto del Padre Tembleque
Begins Zempoala
Ends Otumba
Coordinates 20°21′N 99°40′W / 20.350°N 99.667°W / 20.350; -99.667Coordinates: 20°21′N 99°40′W / 20.350°N 99.667°W / 20.350; -99.667
Length 45 kilometres (28 mi)
Conduit height 38.75 metres (127.1 ft) Main Arcade
Construction began 1553
Opening date 1570

The Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, or Zempoala Aqueduct, is a Mexican aqueduct located between the towns of Zempoala, Hidalgo and Otumba, in the State of Mexico.

Site Description[edit]

Originally constructed between 1553 and 1570, the aqueduct stretches 45 kilometres (28 mi) long, beginning at Tecajete volcano just west of Zempoala and terminating at Otumba.[1] It passed mostly at ground level, but also went underground as well as over ravines and valleys. There are three arcades along the aqueduct: the first has 46 arches, the second has 13, and the third has 67 arches. The highest valley the aqueduct spans is Papalote ravine, which is crossed by the 67 arch arcade also known as the Main Arcade, with the tallest arch standing 38.75 metres (127.1 ft).[1]

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on November 20, 2001 in the Cultural category.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-02.