The Ark of Water, a journey back to the Middle Ages

The Ark of Water is an hydraulic construction dated from the 14Th Century. It is still operated with its original pieces and works to lead water to the Monastery of Guadalupe (Extremadura, Spain).

Although this instalation is not opened to visitors yet, the council of Guadalupe has already prepared a draft report that includes a touristic route inside the Ark. However, it is worth getting there due to the amazing landscapes that surround it. In fact, this place is one of the “geosites” in the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark.

This is my report on The Ark of Water for Canal Extremadura TV,  the TV station of the Spanish region of Extremadura (subtitled):

PHOTO GALLERY:

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My workmate filming one of the ark´s numberous natural springs.
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The arch, where water turns into potable
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Ancient inscription we came across along the galleries
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Original ceramic pipe. The water network dates from 14Th Century
KODAK Digital Still Camera
Entrance to “the mine”, where water is collected (left), and the access to “the arch”, where water is decanted (right).
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Slope where The Ark of Water is hidden. La Villuerca peak is in the background

LOCATION:

Drive along the EX 118 road until “Hermita del Humilladero” junction. Take the only rural road you come across. Drive carefully until getting to the next junction. Leave the car and keep on walking along a path for over ten minutes. The problem is that there are not any indication to locate the Ark of Water.

LOCALIZACIÓN ARCA DEL AGUA

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