The aqueduct of Segovia is an engineering feat of the Roman Empire, built about 50 A.D. Twenty-eight meters tall and stretching 16,220 meters in length it is awe-inducing – but not simply due to size. It is held together solely by natural forces, with the unmortared granite bricks staying in place based on an innovative balancing technique. A symbol of Segovia, it features prominently on the city’s crest.
Puente de Diablo, meaning “Devil’s Bridge”, is a name given to the aqueduct based on local folklore, which illustrates that the devil built the bridge overnight in a bet to win a serving girls soul. The tale says that he lost his bet because he was one brick short of completing the aqueduct when the rooster crowed, signalling morning. Holes dotting the surface of the granite blocks are said to be the marks from his fingers.
Have you seen the Aqueduct of Segovia? Have you been to Spain? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014?
This post also submitted at Travel Photo Mondays at Travel Photo Discoveries.