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The Aqueduct of Morelia, an icon of Michoacán

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One of the most beautiful places in Mexico is, undoubtedly, the city of Morelia in the state of Michoacán. Known, among other things, for its cultural and historical wealth, its craft work and being the home of the majestic Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. However, one of the most representative icons in the city of Morelia is its famous aqueduct.

The Aqueduct of Morelia is one of the most important civil constructions in the city and one of the favorite attractions for many tourists, who come to this place to capture incredible pictures.

The aqueduct building took a long time and suffered some inconveniences. It started on 1549, but due to its rudimentary construction, many parts had to be constantly repaired and replaced. On 1589, with the approval of a new tax over wine, a maintenance work could be started, however the nature of the land was not entirely suitable and the works continued. A new work in 1939 started but it ended up after two years. On 1646, Lorenzo de Lecumberri was awarded with the construction of a new section, but due to his mismanagement with the money obtained from the tax, he faced the lobby for 13 years until the works began on 1657, paralyzing again in 1659, when he went to jail.

It was on 1731, that thanks to the bishop of Michoacán Manuel Escalante and his legacy, disposed after his death in 1708, that the final work could be done. Nicolás López Quijano was in charge of it, however, in 1784 the bad shape of the work resulted in the collapse of 22 archs. Bishop Antonio de San Miguel issued an edict on October 21, 1785 to provide the money needed to start a new work, which sought to give work to the inhabitants and bring water to the city, after many problems of shortage among the population.

Nowadays, the aqueduct stands with 253 arches that reach a height of 30.34 ft and a total length of 5577.4 ft, and it is found just a few steps away from the Villalongin Garden area. Back then, it brought water to the city limits, distributing it among fountains, convents and private houses through subterranean pipes made from clay and on 1910 it stopped being used. It was restored in 1998 and it its now one of the most representative examples of the great architecture of the city and one of the favorite places of thousands of travelers who come to admire this wonderful construction and seize to capture incredible shots of the arches.

Now that you know a little bit more of its history, while on your next visit to the state of Michoacán, do not miss the chance to visit the Aqueduct of Morelia, a city icon. And when it comes to lodging, in Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia you will find the ideal place to relax after a long walk around the city, as its comfortable and equipped rooms will give you the rest you need; and thanks to its excellent location, just 10 minutes away from downtown, it will be way too easy to get to any point.

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