The Engineering Marvel of the Pont du Gard

The Engineering Marvel of the Pont du Gard

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Rollicking Road Trip Through France: Chapter 11

Roughly in the middle of Uzès, Avignon, and Nîmes, stands the Pont du Gard – a little slice of Roman history. Before heading south to Aigues-Mortes, we made a stop here.

Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is a must-see in this area. It is a Roman aqueduct that was built in the 1st century to cross the Gardon river. It is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts and very well preserved. It’s an immense structure that becomes increasingly more impressive as you approach it.

Pont du Gard is part of the of the Nîmes aqueduct – a 50km (or 31mi) system built to carry water from Uzès to Nîmes. It carried about 5 million gallons of water a day. No mortar was used, so the stones had to be cut perfectly so they would fit together. And the slope was really shallow – it had a gradient of 1/3000. Crazy.

You can walk along the bottom level and enjoy views of the Gardon river and cross to the right bank. You’re free to take a dip in the river too – at your own risk.


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