Vila do Conde: The Aqueduct

In the 18th century the need to supply St. Clare’s Convent with water gave rise to the most emblematic the town’s monuments.
Vila do Conde - The Aqueduct

The second longest aqueduct in the country, it brought water from a spring 5 Km away. Constructed between 1705-1714 it was originally supported by 999 arches, varying in height and span,

Although no longer completely intact, nearly 4 Km of its extension still exist.

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Arriving in Oporto to select a port wine for his college, Englishman Horace Grimpil soon finds himself embroiled in the conflicting interests of the British and Portuguese communities, where he is an ignorant outsider.

This Portuguese city - a turbulent place of ambition and defiance fought over by the French and British during the Napoleonic wars - is emerging from political turmoil that left the city and its people with their wealth and society destroyed.

Mr Grimpil, however, is about to experience personal turmoil of his own. Little does he know how the passions aroused during his journey of discovery will affect his own character, or how his presence will bring to a conclusion the relentless pursuit of a political revenge spanning generations.

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