Pont du Gard
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this aqueduct was built in the 1st century BC to channel huge amounts of water to the Roman settlement at Nîmes, Languedoc. The Pont du Gard is one of the region’s most famous landmarks. Details such as the fact that no mortar was used, or that the average drop over the entire length of the aqueduct was only 24cm per kilometre, add to the fascination and interest of the site.
The exhibition at the site shows how water was used to enrich the civilized lifestyle of the Romans wealthy households had their own piped supply, public baths were constructed, fountains graced public areas and water powered industry. It also deals with the geological challenges that were overcome during construction. Although people are no longer allowed onto the Pont du Gard itself, you can walk over the bridge that runs alongside it at the same level as the first tier of arches.
By so doing you fully realize the size and weight of the building blocks used in the aqueduct’s construction, but to appreciate it fully, you’ll need to go up or downstream for an unimpeded view from a distance.
Our 3 campsites in Languedoc are only 1 hour from the Pont du Gard, and well worth a visit. You can also visit the historically famous cities of Arles, Avignon as well as Nîmes itself.
The Pont has 3 tiers of arches and stands close to 49 metres high. The entire bridge slopes down by only 2.5cm, which is incredibly precise and testament to the Roman engineers that designed and built it. The aqueduct carried an estimated 200 thousand cubic metres of water every day to Nîmes, to ensure homes, baths and fountains had water.
Pont du Gard was in use until the 6th century (estimated); in need of repair it became full of debris and mineral deposits that eventually cut the flow of water off.
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