Visiting Pont-du-Gard, France

OverviewThe aqueduct was used as a bridge across the river for centuries. Part of the columns supporting the upper parts of the aqueduct was carved out to allow for cattle, carts, and foot traffic to cross more easily. In the 18th century, a bridge was built alongside to aqueduct to better facilitate traffic crossing the river. The bridge is still in place, and the damage done to the aqueduct when used as a bridge was repaired View from the 18th-century bridge next to the aqueduct Over the 30km course of the entire aqueduct, the water only drops 12.6 m, and the difference in height between one end of the bridge and the other is only 2.5 cm.At its peak, it was estimated that the aqueduct carried 40,000 m3 or 8,800,000 gallons of water to Nimes per day. The fact that the bridge is still standing is a testament to the talent of the Roman engineers that built it. The river Gard is subject ...

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