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The Pont du Gard is one of the most amazing remains of the Romans to be found in south of France. I had been in this part of the Provence before, but I missed going to the Pont du Gard the first time. But this time that wouldn't happen to me again! It has been on the top of my wish list for ages, and it was great to finally be able to go here.
This bridge and aqueduct was built around 19 BC and is part of the aqueduct that transported water from the wells close to Uzès to the Romans in Nîmes. Seeing this site is amazing, not only because of its huge size, but also to think what technical engineering was needed to build a construction like this. The Pont du Gard is 48 metres high and 275 metres long, which makes it the tallest of all Roman aqueducts. If you look closely at the picture you can see a few little dots on the middle part of the bridge, these are people walking on the bridge. The structure is so big that the people seem like miniatures. The whole aqueduct system from to Uzès to Nîmes is 50 kilometres, and the difference in height between the start of the aqueduct and the end is only 17 metres. This means that per kilometre the aqueduct sloped down with only 34 centimetres per kilometre. I just can?t imagine how they were able to build a thing like this, so amazing! The aqueduct carried 20 million litre of water daily. But by the 1st century BC the population had declined, and the aqueduct fell into disuse. You can reach de Pont du Gard by taking the road to Remoulins. From here you will have lots of road signs pointing you in the right direction to find this amazing aqueduct.
You can read much more about the aqueduct on my Pont du Gard page
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