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Rio's early water aqueduct
The Lapa Arches (Arcos da Lapa) are a double tier of arches 210ft high and 295yds long, a part of the Aqueduto da Carioca. Constructed during the colonial period (18th Century) to transport bring water from the Rio Carioca to Largo da Carioca, the arches are part of Rio’s early civic projects.
The aqueduct now serves as a bridge for the local tram to traverse. This engineering feat is also a beautiful piece of architecture, as well as a piece of Rio’s heritage. Centrally located, taking this site in is an integral part of any Rio tour.