Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, Mexico

A time for transmission

Designed to channel water through the Mexican desert, this ruggedly beautiful aqueduct is the architectural proof of complex expertise and in-depth technological knowledge. This monumental work was born out of the encounter of the Roman and Pre-Columbian civilisations, built between 1553 and 1570 and stretching from Zempoala to Otumba, spanning an incredible 45 kilometres.

Steve McCurry: “You fully grasp the visual strength of this aqueduct when you realise that it was built over 500 years ago with absolutely perfect symmetry. I see it as a work with a poetic structure, placed right in the middle of nowhere."

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Published 9th May 2016