Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks.
The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford.
The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant.
The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe.
It is also recognized as an innovative ensemble that inspired many projects all over the world.