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Springs and Aqueducts

 
 
Springs and Aqueducts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 17, 2019
1. Springs and Aqueducts Marker
Inscription.  

Manantiales y acueductos
En la ladera norte del cerro, frente al túnel del elevador, y sobre la actual avenida Chapultepec subsisten los restos de los antiguos acueductos coloniales que alimentaron de agua potable la Ciudad de México hasta finales del siglo XIX. Al pie del cerro, relatan los cronistas españoles, brotaban manantiales de agua “tan clara y tan linda que daba gran contento”; ya los dirigentes mexicas habían construido un canal elevado para llevarla a Tenochtitlan. La arcada colonial que ocupó su lugar, de casi cuatro kilómetros de longitud, concluía en la fuente del Salto del Agua.

English translation:
Springs and aqueducts
On the northern slope of the hill, in front of the elevator tunnel and on the current Chapultepec Avenue, are the remains of the old colonial aqueducts that gave Mexico City its drinking water until the late nineteenth century. At the foot of the hill, the Spanish chroniclers report, springs of water sprouted "so clear and so beautiful that it gave great contentment." The Mexica leaders had already built an elevated canal to carry the
Springs and Aqueducts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 17, 2019
2. Springs and Aqueducts Marker
This view of the marker along the north terrace of Chapultepec Castle looks out onto Mexico City. The remains of the aqueduct mentioned in the marker text are directly below the marker.
water to Tenochtitlan. The colonial aqueduct that took its place, almost four kilometers long, concluded at the fountain known as the “Salto del Agua.”
 
Location. 19° 25.252′ N, 99° 10.889′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker can be reached from Heroico Colegio Militar. The marker is along the northern terrace of the first level at the National History Museum of Mexico (Castillo de Chapultepec). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 11100, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From the Peak (a few steps from this marker); National Astronomical Observatory of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker); The Castle Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Sounds in the Distance (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicente Suárez, Child Hero of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heroic Cadets (within shouting distance of this marker); Francisco Marquez, Child Hero of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military College of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
The replica of the "Salto del Agua" mentioned in the marker text image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 23, 2017
3. The replica of the "Salto del Agua" mentioned in the marker text
The replica fountain is at the previous location of the original at the intersection of Avenida Chapultepec and Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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