Only a few ruins are left of this magnificent work of engineering in the Tajo River. Located at the foot of the Alcázar, the Artificio de Juanelo served to supply the city with water in the 16th Century. Visitors can reach these ruins via the Alcántara Bridge. A great deal has been written about what the artifice must have been like, given that it's a work that was admired throughout the world during its era. In general terms, there were a few turrets supported by laths and strips, with bails that lifted water out of the river and through the towers. The engineer and watchmaker from Lombardy, Juanelo Turriano, was the brilliant mind behind the project backed by King Felipe II. Juanelo also built a wooden "robot," known as "The Stick Man," which gives name to one of the most well-known streets of the city. Currently, the reconstruction of Juanelo's work is being studied. For more information phone the Tourist Office.
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