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Pont del Diable

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Pont del Diable

This single-arch aqueduct served to transport water over the slope of Pineda Creek through a conduit, from Can Bauveta Mill to Castellar Mill, while also providing water to surrounding fields. Traditionally it was presumed to be of late Roman origin, but archaeological studies disproved this hypothesis, tracing its construction date to the 17th century. The aqueduct lost its original use in the 19th century, even though it has been often used by locals to cross the river.

The legend of the Devil’s Bridge is common in Catalonia, and there are many structures bearing its name. The most well-known is the Devil’s Bridge in Martorell. According to legend:

“The stream was high one night and a peasant woman had to cross it and she did not know how. The devil appeared before her and promised to build a bridge and finish it before the rooster’s crow at the break of day, if she gave him her soul in exchange. The peasant agreed. But when there were just a few stones left, she threw a bucket of water on the poor sleeping rooster. With the sudden, cold shock the rooster started crowing. The devil, believing it was already day, left hurriedly, leaving the bridge incomplete. Since he didn’t hold up his end of the deal, the peasant woman didn’t have to deliver her soul and was able to cross the river untroubled.”

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The aqueduct lost its original use in the 19th century, even though it has been often used by locals to cross the river.