The Mãe d’Água (Mother of Water) das Amoreiras reservoir was built to collect, store and distribute water brought into Lisbon by the Águas Livres Aqueduct. The reservoir dates back to the 18th Century and was designed by the Hungarian architect Carlos Mardel. Inside the building is a huge water cistern seven and a half metres deep with a capacity of 5500m3. The tank controlled the flow of water before flowing onto the city's fountains, factories, convents and palaces.
The whole cavernous space has a tranquil feel and the air is refreshingly cool. It's possible to enter the aqueduct for a short distance. Visitors can also climb to the top of the building, where there is a roof terrace offering panoramic vistas over Lisbon. The reservoir was classified as a national monument since 1910. Mãe d’Água is located next to the Amoreira gardens, another relaxing space, where the Aqueduct terminates.
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From the reservoir, the water flows onwards and is distributed through a network of channels consisting of five galleries, most are subterranean and run for almost twelve kilometres. One of these, the Loreto Gallery, can be visited along the stretch between the Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras and the garden of the São Pedro de Alcântara.
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Getting to the Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras reservoir
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10 Praça das Amoreiras, 1250-020 Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 43' 16.1" N | 09° 09' 20.7" W