The aqueduct in Querétaro in black and white

How Old is the Aqueduct in Querétaro? 

I have lived in Querétaro for over a year, and one of the most famous and impressive landmarks of this beautiful city is the Aqueduct. Although there are a lot of things to do in Querétaro, the aqueduct can be found in almost any picture of the city, it’s an iconic view and a must-see when you come to Querétaro, but how old is the aqueduct in Querétaro?

How long ago did construction start for the aqueduct in Querétaro? 

Querétaro is and was one of the most prosperous cities in Mexico, back when Mexico was still called New Spain, a lot of people wanted to move to this beautiful city in the center of Mexico. There was one issue, however, the city did not have clean water. 

The nuns needed clean drinking water to perform their duties, Juan Antonio of Urrutia and Arana, the Marquis, proposed a plan to build an aqueduct, so the city could have safe and clean water coming into the city. 

On October 22, 1735, the first water arrived, and the work was finished on October 17, 1738, which makes the aqueduct 284 years old at the time of writing this article. The aqueduct or “los arcos” is a must-see for anyone who wants to visit Querétaro. 


Aemilius Dost is originally from the Netherlands but moved to Mexico more than two years ago. He started traveling when he was 19 and visited over 20 countries spread over North, and Central America, Europe and Asia. He currently works as a freelance SEO specialist and has worked with companies such as Surfshark, SafetyWing, and BP.

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