Hydraulic Tower

Celaya

On one side of the Cathedral there’s a building that will catch your attention because it stands out on the city’s skyline—the 44-meters-high Hydraulic Tower, today a city symbol.

Built by Heinrich Schön Dube in 1908 as part of the centennial celebration of Mexican independence promulgation, it continues to distribute drinking water to much of Celaya’s downtown.

Popularly known as Bola de Agua, because of its spherical shape, it had a twin design in Germany where, by the way, they assembled the tower before bringing it to Mexico. Its German simile was destroyed during World War II, making the Mexican structure the only remaining of its kind.

We recommend you take a tour inside the structure—you’ll find a gallery with old photographs that portray what life was like in the city since its foundation.
On one side of the Cathedral there’s a building that will catch your attention because it stands out on the city’s skyline—the 44-meters-high Hydraulic Tower, today a city symbol.

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Built by Heinrich Schön Dube in 1908 as part of the centennial celebration of Mexican independence promulgation, it continues to distribute drinking water to much of Celaya’s downtown.

Popularly known as Bola de Agua, because of its spherical shape, it had a twin design in Germany where, by the way, they assembled the tower before bringing it to Mexico. Its German simile was destroyed during World War II, making the Mexican structure the only remaining of its kind.

We recommend you take a tour inside the structure—you’ll find a gallery with old photographs that portray what life was like in the city since its foundation.

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