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The Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, or Tembleque Aqueduct, is a Mexican aqueduct located between the towns of Zempoala, Hidalgo, and Otumba in the State of Mexico.

Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System
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Coordinates19°50′04″N 98°39′45″W / 19.83444°N 98.66250°W / 19.83444; -98.66250Coordinates: 19°50′04″N 98°39′45″W / 19.83444°N 98.66250°W / 19.83444; -98.66250
BeginsZempoala, Hidalgo
EndsOtumba, Mexico State
Official nameSistema Hidráulico del Acueducto del Padre Tembleque
Total length45 kilometres (28 mi)
Height38.75 metres (127.1 ft) Main Arcade
Construction start1553
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated2015 (39th session)
Reference no.1463
State PartyMexico
RegionHispano America and the Caribbean

The structure takes its name from a Spanish friar called Francisco de Tembleque.


Site descriptionEdit

Originally constructed between 1553 and 1570, the aqueduct stretches 45 kilometres (28 mi) long, beginning at Tecajete volcano just east of Zempoala and terminating at Otumba.[1] It passed mostly at ground level, but also went underground as well as over ravines and valleys. There are three arcades along the aqueduct: the first has 46 arches, the second has 13, and the third has 67 arches. The highest valley the aqueduct spans is Papalote ravine, which is crossed by the 67 arch arcade also known as the Main Arcade, with the tallest arch standing 38.75 metres (127.1 ft).[1]

World Heritage Site statusEdit

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on 20 November 2001 in the Cultural category.[1] It was inscribed on the World Heritage Site list on 5 July 2015.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  2. ^ "Sites in Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Uruguay inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, extension of Spanish site approved". UNESCO. Retrieved 5 July 2015.