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    Our Last Visit To The Pont

    by hquittner Written Apr 29, 2011

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    Carolyn On the Bridge Over the Gardon
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    We last came to the river in 2001 before the season began, in April and as yet there were no guards or guides. None of the new exhibits , souvenir or food services were open. We could not go up to the third level to see the aqueduct channel. We could still walk across the river above the first level on the roadway. A few canoes were on the river. Besides safety, we wonder what has been added of value since we first visited in 1978?

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    Coming To the Pont du Gard

    by hquittner Updated Mar 5, 2011

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    The Span Oner the Gardon
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    As one approaches the bridge and looks up at the lower arches, one realizes the massiveness of the structure and how it is unlike anything else except the Pyramids or the similar Aqueduct in Segovia. But the surroundings are quite different.

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    Mystery aqueduct ?

    by JLBG Updated Jan 23, 2010

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    Mystery aqueduct ?

    The Euro bankotes show a digest of typical European monuments but as it would have been a sensitive issue to choose which monuments to represent, they have made imaginary drawings. Each drawing is inspired by several European monuments. The result looks familiar to everybody but nobody can claim it is a particular monument.

    However, the 5 euros note is somehow an exception. It shows an anonymous Roman aqueduct over a wide river. This cannot be Pont-du-Gard as the Gardon river has little water but it represents a three levels aqueduct. There is only one example of such three levels aqueduct in the world. Guess where!

    Sorry, because of security printing, the note cannot be well scanned.

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    Mystery photo!

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Mystery photo!

    The mystery photo from the introduction of this page is actually a photo taken in a part of the duct where some of the cover stones had been removed, which gave a series of dark and of sunny parts of the inner part. Sorry, this cannot be visited anymore!

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    Inside the duct

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    In 1990, that was not forbidden to visit the duct, then, we walked from one end to the other.

    Photo 1. If you look closely at this photo, you will notice that the duct is narrower at the bottom than on top. It was not built like that but was due to lime stone deposit that built itself along the years. Year after year, these deposits reduced the amount of water that could get through. For several centuries, careful maintenance removed the deposits. After the fall of the Roman Empire, after about 600 years, the aqueduct was abandoned and soon after did not bring any water to Nîmes.

    Photo 2. On this photo, a part of the deposit has been taken out, which allows to see better how thick it is.

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    Upper level

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Upper level
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    Until 2000, the site was not wardened and it was possible to walk freely around, including the highest level, where runs the proper aqueduct. The duct is 1.80 m high and 1.20 m wide.

    Photo 1. On the northern end, the duct was not covered.

    Photo 2. After about 100 m , it is covered with large slates of stone.

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    1990 photos

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    1990 photos
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    All three photos were taken in 1990, from upstream.

    Photo 1. On this photo, the road running on the lowest level was still in use. In the background (hardly readable), the parking lot.

    Photo 2. On the far left, half hidden, a bus is driving towards the road on the aqueduct. Shame!

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    Carvings

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Carvings

    Along the centuries, there has been an awful lot of carvings on the stones that could be easily reached. At some places there are even technical information, used by the builders. I have not found any of them. Most carvings date back from the Middle Ages or later. Those on the photo seem to be several century old, given the style of writing.

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    Waking under/over the aqueduct

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Waking under/over the aqueduct

    On top of the lowest level, a road had been built in the XVIIIth. Though the site was inscribed in 1840 on the French list of the “Monuments historiques” and in 1985 on the Unesco World Heritage list, it was used as a road until 2000, when the site was “cleaned” from every thing that spoiled the Roman edifice. It is now pedestrian only and allows to go from one side of the Gard river to the other. It allows also to get a close view of the architecture. The stones have been so tightly and cleverly carved that no concrete was used for the two lowest levels.

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    Getting closer to the aqueduct

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Getting closer to the aqueduct
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    As much you walk towards the aqueduct, as much you have a more detailed view of its structure. Please, look at each of the four photos, one after the other!

    What is named the roman aqueduct of Pont-du-Gard is actually the monumental part of a 50 km aqueduct that was built around the first century AD and that lead water from near Uzès to Nîmes (Nemausus for the Romans). The whole aqueduct is an architectural masterpiece as there is only a 12.60 meters level difference between both ends: that means that Roman architect succeeded in building across hills and valleys an aqueduct with a mean level difference of less than 25 cm per kilometer (0.25 ‰)! The greatest difficulty was to cross the Gard. They built a bridge-aqueduct that is the highest of the Ancient Roman world.

    It has three levels.
    The lowest is 142 m long, with 6 arches.
    The second level is 243 m long, with 11 arches.
    The third level was 360 m long, with 47 arches but now remain only 35 arches, extending on 275 m.
    The highest point is 48.77 meters above the lowest water level.

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    Bathing in the Gard?

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Bathing in the Gard

    Bathing is possible in the Gard river except when there are high waters. However, you must be advised that most of the time, the water level is very low and you should not expect to do much swimming! However, most visitors do not come to Pont-du-Gard for bathing! But when it is very hot, it might be pleasant to refresh and play in the shallow water.

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    North shore from the south

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    North shore from the south
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    On the north shore a good looking 5 levels traditional house, built in local stones has been kept and works as a bar. We have not been on this side since the location has been arranged but they for sure have also a fabulous landscape on the aqueduct.

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    Access to Pont-du-Gard aqueduct

    by JLBG Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Access to Pont-du-Gard aqueduct
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    Until 2000, a small road lead to the aqueduct and ran on its basement. Cars and busses parked in the close neighborhood of the aqueduct, spoiled the landscape and were even a threat for its keeping. Since 200, the road access has been closed. Two huge parking lots have been arranged, one on the south side of the Gard river (access directly from Remoulins), one on the northern side of the river (access through Remoulins and Vers-Pont-du-Gard).

    Photo 1. From these parking lots, an easy walk (about 800m) leads to the aqueduct. Even in the low season, since the weather is fine, there are many visitors.

    Photo 2. Low mobility visitors are welcome.

    Photo 3. Bars and souvenir shops have been banned from the site itself and are kept at some distance. You can sit down, sip a drink under the shade and watch at the aqueduct.

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    See the Aquaeduct

    by lotharlerch Updated Aug 1, 2008

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    This most famous "bridge" of France is nothing more - or nothing less - than a great piece of engineering, 2000 years old and still in excellent state. It forms the most spectacular part of the 50 km long construction to bring water to Nimes. A little technical detail: The difference in level is over the whole length only 34 cm on each km and it is still unknown how the Roman engineers were able to build the whole thing that exactly 2000 years ago.

    The best is to visit the Pont du Gard in the early morning or the sunset. Not only because of the perfect light for pics but even more because it is less crowded then.

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    Pont du Gard

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    Pont du Gard
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    The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct in the south of France which was constructed by the Romans and located near Remoulins

    The Roman engineers who built this bridge created a technical and artistic masterpiece in the 1st century AD.

    The Pont du Gard is a three level bridge which stands almost 50m high 275m long.

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