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Home»Microsites»The Acueduct of Segovia»Legend of the Aquieduct

Legend of the Aqueduct

According to legend, it was idleness rather than Rome which gave rise to the Aqueduct.

A young girl, who worked fetching water, tired of dragging her pitcher up the steep streets of the city, made a deal with the devil: she would offer him her soul if, before dawn broke, water was carried to her home.
Regretting her decision, the girl prayed until exhausted to save her soul. Meanwhile, a storm had broken out and the devil had to work piecemeal. Soon the cock crowed, signalling the dawn and the devil cursed: for the sake of one stone yet to be laid, he had the lost the girl's soul.

The girl confessed her sin to the Segovian people who, after bathing the arches in holy water to remove traces of sulphur, happily accepted the new addition to the city.

It is said that the hollows which can be seen in the stones are the hoofprints of the devil...

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