Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque

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Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System
Official name Sistema Hidráulico del Acueducto del Padre Tembleque
Begins Zempoala
Ends Otumba
Coordinates 19°50′04″N 98°39′45″W / 19.83444°N 98.66250°W / 19.83444; -98.66250Coordinates: 19°50′04″N 98°39′45″W / 19.83444°N 98.66250°W / 19.83444; -98.66250
Length 45 kilometres (28 mi)
Conduit height 38.75 metres (127.1 ft) Main Arcade
Construction began 1553
Opening date 1570
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Designated 2015 (39th session)
Reference no. 1463
State Party Mexico
Region Latin America and the Caribbean

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 east 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 20 November 2001 in the Cultural category.[1] It was inscribed on the World Heritage Site List on 5 July 2015.[2]

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