Proserpina Dam

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Proserpina Dam
Embalse de Proserpina, Mérida (2015).JPG
Location Badajoz (province), Extremadura, Spain
Opening date 1st–2nd century
Dam and spillways
Impounds Las Pardillas (Guadiana basin)
Height 12 m
Length 427.8 m
Width (base) 5.9 m
Proserpina Dam
Native name
Spanish: Pantano de Proserpina
Embalse de Proserpina en Mérida (2015).jpg
Location Mérida, Spain
Coordinates 38°58′10″N 6°21′59″W / 38.969544°N 6.366433°W / 38.969544; -6.366433Coordinates: 38°58′10″N 6°21′59″W / 38.969544°N 6.366433°W / 38.969544; -6.366433
Official name: Pantano de Proserpina
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated 1912
Reference no. RI-51-0000114
Proserpina Dam is located in Spain
Proserpina Dam
Location of Proserpina Dam in Spain

The Proserpina Dam is a Roman gravity dam in Badajoz (province), Extremadura, Spain, dating to the 1st or 2nd century AD. It was built as part of the infrastructure which supplied the city of Emerita Augusta with water.

After the fall of the Roman Empire the aqueduct leading to the city fell into decay, but the earth dam with retaining wall is still in use.[1]

It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1912.[citation needed]

It is also part of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.[2]

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