La Sèquia de Manresa (Catalonia)

The Sèquia is a medieval canal built in the 14th century to bring the Llobregat River’s water from Balsareny to Manresa.

Designed by engineer Guillem Catà, it is considered one of the leading hydraulic engineering works of the medieval period. It is 26 kilometers long, but only has 10 meters of slope along its route, a fact that is unusual considering the rudimentary means available at the time. To make this possible, they built mines and about thirty aqueducts. Some of these aqueducts, such as Conangle, Vilar, and Santa Maria, are considered true monuments, even in today’s optimal conditions.

But the most important fact of the Sèquia is that is still fully operational and provides water for the city of Manresa and several villages in the region of Bages, six centuries after its construction…

Did you know about this canal? In addition to being an architectural triumph, it is a nice place to visit.

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