The Lapa Arches are a double tier of arches 64m high and 270m long, a part of Carioca Aquaduct. The arches are located in the Lapa District of Rio de Janeiro, crossing Mem de Sá Avenue, linking the Santa Terasa Tram Station and Santa Teresa Neighborhood. In the movie, the arches are seen twice, first when Linda and Blu first arrived in Rio and again when Blu, Jewel and Rafael met Pedro and Nico, followed by taking one of the trolleys that passes over the arches in order to see Luiz.
In the past, Rio de Janeiro faced with difficulty in bringing fresh water from streams, located relatively far from the city ,into the city's nucleus. To solve this problem, there had been plans to build a canal system to bring fresh water from the source of Carioca River, located on Santa Terasa Hill, to the central of the city, but the construction constantly faced with technical and financial difficulties. The actual construction of the aqueduct's began around 1706. The construction continued over the next 17 years, when it's completely finished and fully operational in 1723.
Standing tall, strong, and lived through several decades, the Santa Terasa-Santo Antônio (including the renowned Lapa Arches) course is the most significant feature among all the other courses.
Carioca Aqueduct played an important role in supplying fresh water to several fountains scattering through Rio de Janeiro. By the end of the 18th century, water from Carioca River was insufficient to feed the aqueduct, other streams were also derived to its canal. The aqueduct was eventually deactivated at the end of the 19th century.
After the aqueduct's deactivation (replaced with new alternatives for water supply), the arches were adapted in 1896 to serve as a bridge for Santa Terasa Tramway which transports passengers between center of Rio and the Santa Teresa Neighborhood. Currently, all the service lines have been suspended since 2011 as a result of a serious accident on the line. However, there's a plan for resumption in 2014 with a new fleet of 14 tram cars has been ordered.
- Main article: Lapa Arches/Gallery
- ↑ http://www.routeyou.com/location/view/47227679/carioca-aqueduct.en
- ↑ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14696927
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