Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum, Lisbon

Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum, Lisbon

Moving around Lisbon, one can't help but notice the large-scale 18th-century aqueduct that runs for 19 km throughout the city. Yet, unbeknown to most, the aqueduct feeds into a beautifully designed reservoir complex known as the Mãe d'Água ("Mother of Water"). Situated within walking distance of the downtown area, in front of the Amoreira Gardens, is the entryway to this "temple of water" that houses a remarkable water tank, 7.5 m deep and with a total capacity of ~5500 m3.

Completed in 1834, the facility has been rendered obsolete by modern technology – yet, for a fee, visitors can climb to its very top where the roof terrace gives the advantage of a bird's eye view of the city and coast. It may feel like being in a trance for a moment or two, and what makes it even more interesting is that there's hardly anyone around. Despite having been classified as a national monument since 1910, the reservoir is not a tourist hotspot but, rather, a place to chill, to hide, or contemplate with a cool drink – at the same time making for good photo opportunities.

The Water Museum's elegant, refreshing interior is perfect for summer visits, and one can look along the inside of the section of the aqueduct that leads to it. A pool of water lies in the center of the floor while one side includes a moss/plant-covered wall. The space supposedly has the most amazing acoustics, and hence many artists have recorded here.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–12:30pm / 1:30–5:30pm (closed on public holidays)

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Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum on Map

Sight Name: Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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