Aqueduct of Pegões in Tomar changes direction

There’s something I first didn’t understand. Why was it that the Aqueduct of Pegões in Tomar suddenly changed directions? Wouldn’t be easier and cheaper to have built this great architectural structures in a straight line? Of course my reasoning was based on 20th and 21st centuries thinking. When I looked harder to my photos, I noticed that there were a few hills around and that the architects and workers of the 16th century didn’t have access to excavators and earth-movers to get rid of those hills.

Aqueduct of Pegões in the City of Tomar, changes direction

Magnificent view of the Aqueduct of Pegões in Tomar, Portugal. In the distance we can see that the aqueduct suddenly changes direction towards the Castle of Tomar

 

Pegões Aqueduct in the City of Tomar changing direction towards the Castle and the Convent

The Aqueduct of Pegões in Tomar changes direction because the architects of the times didn't know how to get rid of those hills. They didn't have excavators and earth-movers to do it

 

Close up of the Aqueduct of Pegões in the City of Tomar in Portugal

Close up of the Aqueduct of Pegões near the City of Tomar, changing direction towards the Castle of the Knights Templar and the Convent of Christ

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