Another trip down memory lane today, this time to Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras. You may recall we were here earlier this year when we met up with friends in Lisbon. They very kindly humoured us when we said we were taking them to an urban reservoir. I know not the usual capital city tour. However once inside the reservoir they soon appreciated why I was so keen to visit.
In my previous post I shared the beauty and history of this amazing piece of 18th century engineering, but I think I forgot to mention that below the beautiful vaulted ceiling there is a 75metre deep vat which contains more than 5000 cubic metres of water. This is a huge building. The main reason for taking you back here today is fulfil the promise I made in my earlier post which was to share the surprise we found above the reservoir.
There is an enormous roof terrace. The terrace itself is nothing special but it is a rather lovely place to sit as the views from every side are wonderful. The photographs above are of the northerly aspect. Not as pretty perhaps as the other aspects but still fascinating, and includes a perfect shot for September squares, some of you may recognise it as it also made it in to June squares!
Quick word of warning if you are thinking of adding this reservoir to your itinerary and you don’t have a head for heights, the climb up to the terrace and the terrace itself you may find daunting. Everyone else though I am sure will love it.
You will probably also enjoy the other reservoir you can visit in Lisboa, – Patriarcal. It is only a short walk away from here in another lovely Lisbon square, in fact I think I might take you there at the weekend. For now though let me finish with a couple more views as well as a diagrammatic shot for the engineers amongst you!
I’ve bee in Lisbon , totally unaware of this reservoir…
(One more reason to go back to Portugal…)
Thank you so much. And yes I think very few tourists find it. Such a shame as it is wonderful.
Fabulous! Not what the word reservoir usually brings to mind.
Just wait til you see tomorrow’s!
75 metres deep, that’s amazing! I think I recognise the roof with cars!
Well spotted! We were up there for ages so might have got carried away with the photos 😊
Oooh, yes please! Lead on, Becky 🙂 🙂
Ok let’s plan 🤗
Great clicks! Looks amazing 😃
Thank you 😀
I wish I’d known about this before I visited Lisbon!
Oh I’m so sorry I’ve not mentioned it before. Was a total surprise for us. Odd how they don’t make more of it.
Oh, you don’t have to be sorry…I visited Lisbon in 2015, before I became a blogger!
Phew!!! Thought you may have visited this year. Good excuse to go back this terrace!
Have added to the list of things to do Becky 🙂
You won’t be disappointed!
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