Ruins of the Ilha Grande Aqueduct – Ilha Grande, Brazil - Atlas Obscura

Ruins of the Ilha Grande Aqueduct

Ilha Grande, Brazil

The ruins of a 19th-century aqueduct run through this Brazilian island's deep forest. 

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The forested island of Ilha Grande, located off the of the coast of Brazil, is largely undeveloped. But towards the eastern end of the island, just outside the village of Abraão, you can find the ruins of a stone aqueduct. Built in 1893 at the request of Emperor Dom Pedro II, the Ilha Grande Aqueduct stood 125 meters long and 30 meters tall. Now largely in ruins, the aqueduct once carried water from the Abraão stream to a nearby settlement.

Next to the head of the aqueduct, there is a stone in the shape of a sofa, where it is said that Dom Pedro II used to sit to read, write poems, and sketch the beautiful landscape he saw or the gardens he intended to build.

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