- Type: Attractions
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- A wonderfully quirky alternative to the more usual visitor attractions, this historic underground reservoir system is located underneath Jardim do Príncipe Real, the pretty square at the top of Bairro Alto. Built between 1860 and 1864, the octagonal shaped gallery has a capacity for 880 cubic metres and a base height level of 67 metres and served as an important water distribution reservoir for the city centre. It was originally supplied with water from the Aqueduto das Águas Livres and the path of the gallery extends from the Reservatório Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras towards Largo do Rato before connecting with the Príncipe Real gardens. De-commissioned in the late 1940s, the network is now open to the public and provides a fascinating insight into mid-19th-century civil engineering. Guided tours take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am and 3pm, and 1pm on Fridays. Advance booking is required and reservations can be made with the EPAL water Museum. © NileGuide2011
Located underneath the Praça do Príncipe Real (Príncipe Real Plaza), this project was conceived of by the French engineer Mary in 1856. Built from 1860 to 1864 to serve as a water distribution center underneath the city of Lisbon, the reservoir has a capacity of 880 cubic meters, and is 9.25 meters tall. The reservoir's interior upkeep is supported by the Lisbon Society. It was revamped in 1994 and is one of the main attractions of the city. The Reservatório da Patriarcal was also distinguished with a Municipal Award of Architecture (Eugénio de Santos award). The space can also be rented for events and functions.
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