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Pont du Gard... The Big Picture

 

The 50m high arched bridge is the tallest Roman aqueduct-bridge in France and is a true feast of Roman engineering!

The arches of its two lower levels have spans of between 15m and 25m, whereas most arches of the time were 5m to 6m wide!

 

It once was part of a Roman-built aqueduct that transported water from its source in Uzès to the Roman city of Nîmes.

The 50kms long aqueduct had a total drop of 12m, and provided Nîmes' 50,000 residents with 35-40,000 cubic meters of water a day.

 

Construction began in 50AD and was completed five years later.

The Pont du Gard is the most acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage sites in Southern France!

 

 

Pont du Gard... The Big Picture

 

The 50m high arched bridge is the tallest Roman aqueduct-bridge in France and is a true feast of Roman engineering!

The arches of its two lower levels have spans of between 15m and 25m, whereas most arches of the time were 5m to 6m wide!

 

It once was part of a Roman-built aqueduct that transported water from its source in Uzès to the Roman city of Nîmes.

The 50kms long aqueduct had a total drop of 12m, and provided Nîmes' 50,000 residents with 35-40,000 cubic meters of water a day.

 

Construction began in 50AD and was completed five years later.

The Pont du Gard is the most acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage sites in Southern France!

 

 

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 7 Feb 2018, 00:24
Breathtaking...innit!
....peter:): it is breathtaking Ray... the Romans knew what they were doing in 50AD....petersmile
Humbling, isn't it?
....peter:): very humbling Larry....petersmile
  • sherri
  • Arkansas USA
  • 7 Feb 2018, 01:05
it's a privilege to view this place through you lens
....peter:): what a nice thing to say Sherri... thanks a bunch....petersmile
Gosh that is so amazing!
....peter:): even more amazing when you are able to stand there and touch the stones Elizabeth....petersmile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 Feb 2018, 06:23
Wonderful - it deserves all the protection it can get
....peter:): i agree Chris... the site is well controlled with a presentation of the history and value of the aqueduct-bridge... the tourists show their respect for the structure....petersmile
Maybe one day Astrid and I will see this bridge, Peter!!!
....peter:): it is in Le Provence in the South of France... it's a wonderful place for a vacation... the Pond du Gard is worth the trip....petersmile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Feb 2018, 06:43
Imagine such an achievement so many centuries ago - and still standing
....peter:): i agree Lisl... the Romans knew what they were doing back in 50AD....petersmile
Ce pont du Gard est une de nos plus grandes oeuvres d'art. Il est connu partout dans le monde et j'aime bien ta compo en diagonale. Bisous pour Penny et toi et un gros câlin à  Rylee
....peter:): merci Marie pour le commentaire sur la composition de la photo ... le Pond du Gard estait la plus belle chose que nous ayons vue pendant deux semaines au Procence! Bisous de nous trois
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Feb 2018, 09:10
It is interesting, how many aqueducts are still standing all over the ex Roman colonies. Seen them in Israel and a few in Portugal as well.
....peter:): they have endured over two millennium all over the Roman Empire Louis... i saw some in Marseilles and have seen pictures of one in England on SC as well....petersmile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Feb 2018, 10:52
This is wonderful and still standing after all those years.
....peter:): it is a work of art and has lasted so long Astrid....petersmile
Whenever I see photos of this I am overawed at what it must have taken to build this wonderful acqueduct, and it is still standing after all these centuries.
....peter:): i am in aw of this magnificent structure that was built in 5 years back in 50AD Brian....petersmile
It is a gem beyond price Peter
....peter:): i agree Bill a gem beyond price....petersmile
Is there water there now?
....peter:): there isn't water flowing through the aqueduct now Mary... it required maintenance to clean the 8 by 8 foot tunnel of debris and weeds over the centuries....petersmile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Feb 2018, 15:35
That is truly amazing Peter. I wonder how many died during construction, some of exhaustion no doubt.
....peter:): it is an amazing piece of architecture Chad... i am sure that many people had died during its 5 year construction....petersmile
cadrage extra!! amitiés
....peter:): metci jean pierre!! amitiés....peter/pierresmile
That is a stunning construction. Very nicely shot, Peter.
Wonderful sight.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Feb 2018, 23:54
Fabulous, this bridge is on my list of to visit places.

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