Sunday, July 12, 2009

Arcos da Lapa (Carioca Aqueduct) in Brazil

Arcos da Lapa
Rio de janeiro, Brasil

Acros da Lapa e Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro
Lapa Arches and Cathedral of St. Sebastion of Rio de Janeiro

Foto/Photo: Carlos Alvim

This is postmarked in 2009 with a machine stamp from Brazil.

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The Carioca Aqueduct is an aqueduct in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The aqueduct was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Carioca river to the population of the city.

The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the centre of the city, in the Lapa neighborhood, and is frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches). Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city centre with the Santa Teresa neighbourhood uphill, the Santa Teresa Tramway.

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