Mãe D’Água Amoreiras Reservoir

Mãe D’Água Amoreiras Reservoir

Mãe D’Água Amoreiras Reservoir
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  • Rato • 3 min walk
  • Marquês de Pombal • 8 min walk
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  • swirlwind
    Perth, Australia381 contributions
    Satisfying and Rewarding
    Fascinated by Aqueducts but never had a chance to get close to one. My first visit was on a public holiday. It was closed. Came the following day prepared. Had a good wallow in it and out; up and down; front and back...well you get the picture. The Aqueduto dos Aguas Livres was situated slightly out of town, to the north-west of Lisbon. It was built about 400 years ago with a total length of 58 km crosses the Alcântara Vally, over a distance of 941 metres with a series of arches that reach 65 metres at their highest point. There are a few options to visit depending on where you're staying. I find doing it yourself quite a thrill. A good place to start I think is from this small shaded garden hidden behind a bunch of suburban buildings by the side of Tagus River at Rua de Amoreiras where an old man working in a home style ticket office in the garden. You pay 3.50euro he would then point you to a walkway at the end of the garden where it'll eventually lead you out and up the stairs to climb to the top of the Aqueduct. Up the top, a bird's eye view offering 360 degrees over the city of Lisbon. It feels surreal to be able to walk into the endless water tunnel on top and then crossed out to the other side facing another part of the city, and then, if you like, come back again in a few seconds. I felt I was in a trance for a moment or two. What makes it more interesting was that there was hardly anyone around. The aqueduct isn't a tourist hotspot. Locals knew it's there but they've never bother to get up there. I liked it this way. A place to chill, to hide, to contemplate, to write some diaries with a cool drink-at the same time taking in the panoramic view. Tips: If coming from centre Lisbon, take metro to Marquēs de Pombal come out across the square take bus 702, about 7 stops or ask any locals on bus. A taxi about 8 euro. There were a few small cafes and a small supermarket not far from the shaded garden.
    Written January 21, 2020
  • CliffHobbs
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom1 contribution
    One of best, largely unknown views of Lisbon
    I still remember arriving in Lisboa at night back in 2006 and being amazed at the aqueduct that was lit and towering above me as we drove through it. However, until recently I just assumed it was not open the public - wrong. You can visit the aqueduct and literally walk it's entire length for €2 for adults and get some of the most amazing views of both sides of Lisbon with the planes flying overhead and normal Lisbon life going on around you. At one point you can cross from one side to the other and see inside this amazing feat of Portuguese engineering. When: From 1st March - 30th November from 10 am to 5.30 pm. However, it's closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public holidays during this time. Where: Calçada da Quintinha, nº 6 em Campolide Tips: 1. You cannot enter one side and leave the other unless you are part of a group (it would be fantastic to be able to walk from one side to the other and then break for a coffee/ some refreshments to take in the views before leaving or walking back along the other side but of course this needs to be financially viable. Maybe if I win the lottery I'll retire there and set this up. 2. There is a limited amount of parking available - Don't let that put you off as we got parked right in front of the entrance, and even if there were hassle to park the views more than make up for it. 3. It is safe and good for kids - we took our 2 1/2 year son and he loved walking along it - there is a high wall which he couldn't see over put he had plenty of space to walk beside us (and seemed to enjoy the planes going overhead). 4. When you enter the main gate the ticket office is off to the right (the sign isn't very well positioned but the Security guard is very friendly/ used to it). 5. There are toilet facilities in the ticket office (worth going as once you get on the aqueduct there are no facilities and it's a long walk back once you get the other end ;-) 6. There is only a single point where you can walk "through" the aqueduct, see inside and cross to the other side to see views of the Ponte 25 de Abril (sister of the Golden Gate bridge). 7. If you do decide to walk through the aqueduct (well worth it), to the bridge side I believe (although we didn't actually do it), that you can walk back to the ticket office along that side - good excuse to go back again to find out ;-) 8. Take your time, chill and soak up the views - when we were there there was nobody else there - enjoy.
    Traveled with family
    Written October 13, 2013
  • alejestem
    Madrid, Spain257 contributions
    Surprisingly Surprising
    The thing is, it only costs €3.50 to go in. The grounds around the building are lovely even if you never go in. There is a shady little park just behind and the neighbourhood of Almoureiras / Rato is incredibly pleasant with lots of nice eateries. Inside, you'll find beautiful arches, an interesting wall garden feature, a staircase which leads you to the roof and where you'll see one never-ending tunnel... honestly I couldn't get enough pictures of that spooky tunnel for Instagram!!! You get up to the roof and you have 360-degree views over Lisbon. If you have a book or your mobile with music and something to drink, it's a great place to chill for a while. The inside of the building supposedly has the most amazing acoustics and you might find kids and teenagers screaming... just to hear the echoes. Many artists have made recordings here, just for the perfect acoustics. Not of kids screaming, I hope. In terms of touristy things, it's a bit "off the beaten track". By that I mean, not a lot of people seem to know about it, but, I loved it. I would go back. A nice place for a spare hour. Oh, be aware that they close for lunch from 12.30-1.30. I arrived at 12.33 and had to have lunch to coincide with the Museum schedule. Way too early for me!
    Traveled solo
    Written May 15, 2018
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GZBY
Wales, UK216 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
I thought this cistern was quite stunning. Substantial masonry building with remarkable interior. Loud but high quality sound system played recording of a classical masterpiece as I entered. In this resonant space the effect was triumphal and celebratory. I felt like I was emperor for the day. A stage covers the central area of the water with floating pontoons to access it. I can just imagine the effect of a chamber orchestra with soloists performing here, and the spellbound audience sitting around the periphery.
Good views from the roof, and a glimpse into the elevated aqueduct on the way up there. Closed Mondays I believe.
Garry
Written July 21, 2014
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A Y
Hong Kong, China310 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
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.
Written April 5, 2018
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Lh1809
London, UK39 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
The water museum is 4 sites, one main museum, one is the aqueduct (the photos of the tall arches), and some underground water reservoirs.
We went to the museum for an informative experience, very interesting and it included the water pumps and machinery. However there were not amazing views as I thought there would be from the photos.
The 4 sites are all across the city and entrance to the museum included entrance to all 4 sites.
I would recommend doing some research to see which part you want to see the most, or even go to all 4!
Written July 8, 2017
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estacaomir
Covilha, Portugal565 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
Mae de Agua is the biggest water Reservoir in Lisbon built around 1750's. It is not active, but know it is a good Museum. Very cheap 3euros. It has one of the best view's of Lisbon on the top. It is conected with Aqueduct of Aguas Livres. Go on Metro Rato. You have 3 more places to visit on this water tour Good visit!
Written September 12, 2016
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Luc D
Lisbon, Portugal346 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Interesting little museum at Praca das Amoreiras next to the Jardim das Amoreiras wich is a nice place to relax in the shade of the trees and the final arches of the Aqueduto das Águas Livres. Inside there is an exhibition of beautiful 18th century azulejos and a big water reservoir. From the roof you'll get a great view of the river and the castle. Entrance is €5 and that's not realy cheap but for €6 you can buy a ticket that combines a visit to the Mae de Agua and the Aqueduto das Águas Livres in Campolide. Ask for this double ticket at the counter because they won't suggest it themselves.
Written August 7, 2015
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Viewlander
Crieff, UK1,151 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
Easy to find it beside Rato station. I would say that having spent a lot of time researching from my hotel it was not easy to get information. To clarify there are four sites - this one, the aqueduct 15 mins walk away and another underground reservoir about 15 million mins walk in other direction. The guard spoke little English but there is a guide available. This place is a great piece of engineering and very tranquil with interesting tiles and pictures to view.
Written October 16, 2014
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Grampus2410
Manchester, UK33 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This a quirky side trip we took. You can walk along the aqueduct which gives amazing views of the city. Seeing inside is quite impressive.
Written July 28, 2019
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davidcharlesmcdonald
Weybridge, UK228 contributions
Dec 2017
We were doing a walk in this area of the city and saw this attraction on signage and on our map so went into the little garden at the start and bought our tickets then set off along the actual aqueduct. The views from here are good and its quite special as only this part is accessible to the public.
Written November 7, 2018
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Jude
Mold, UK10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is a striking place the moment you walk inside: impressive vaulted ceiling and perfect reflections in the water. A short climb up and you pass what looks like an unending passageway to your right. The views from the top are spectacular. And all this for free!
Written April 7, 2018
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rmhayes
London, UK277 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
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.
Written September 6, 2017
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