Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
photo from 1957
Pont du Gard, Roman aqueduct close to the city of Nīmes, in southern France. Standing just under 49 m (160 ft) above the Gard River, it is the highest of all Roman aqueducts and one of the greatest and best-preserved pieces of Roman architecture in France. The Pont du Gard (French: Bridge of the Gard) was built in the late 1st century BC or the early 1st century AD in order to channel water from a spring 50 km (31 mi) from Nīmes.
It was constructed of masonry, without the use of mortar, and consists of three tiers of arches. The lowest level (which was broadened in 1747 to accommodate a road bridge) has six wide arches.
the road bridge
Above this level are 11 arches of similar dimensions, and on the topmost tier, 35 smaller arches that support the covered water channel of the aqueduct itself. The Pont du Gard is part of an impressive system of channels and tunnels constructed on the site by Roman engineers on a gradient of 0.07 centimeters per meter (less than t of an inch per foot). The bridge's having survived intact over a period of some 2000 years attests to the superior engineering and design skills of the ancient Romans.
Text from Microsoft Encarta
view from 1957
inscription from an early visitor (1774)
diagram of the current Pont du Gard park (2006)
view from the bridge to the guest house
now an exposition on the site (2006)
sample of a Roman mosaic
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