5 facts about the Pont du Gard to impress your friends

  • With its unique scale, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct is a must-see in Occitanie.

    With its unique scale, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct is a must-see in Occitanie. - © xenotar - Getty Images

    With its unique scale, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct is a must-see in Occitanie.

    With its unique scale, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct is a must-see in Occitanie. - © xenotar - Getty Images

  • When illuminated, the Pont du Gard’s grandeur and the beauty of its arches is plain to see.

    When illuminated, the Pont du Gard’s grandeur and the beauty of its arches is plain to see. - © benkrut - Getty Images

    When illuminated, the Pont du Gard’s grandeur and the beauty of its arches is plain to see.

    When illuminated, the Pont du Gard’s grandeur and the beauty of its arches is plain to see. - © benkrut - Getty Images

  • On closer inspection of the Pont du Gard’s arches, you appreciate how much work went into its construction.

    On closer inspection of the Pont du Gard’s arches, you appreciate how much work went into its construction. - © Wavetop - Getty Images

    On closer inspection of the Pont du Gard’s arches, you appreciate how much work went into its construction.

    On closer inspection of the Pont du Gard’s arches, you appreciate how much work went into its construction. - © Wavetop - Getty Images

  • Visit the vast underground museum to better understand aqueduct’s history and how it works.

    Visit the vast underground museum to better understand aqueduct’s history and how it works. - © Jean-Luc Mabit

    Visit the vast underground museum to better understand aqueduct’s history and how it works.

    Visit the vast underground museum to better understand aqueduct’s history and how it works. - © Jean-Luc Mabit

5 facts about the Pont du Gard to impress your friends Pont du Gard fr

The Pont du Gard aqueduct is the most-visited monument in France dating from antiquity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world.

 

Found in Occitanie, between Nîmes, Uzès and Avignon, this wonder of the ancient world is a showcase of technical prowess with its extraordinary scale, as well as magical site that has been reclaimed by nature since it was renovated in the 2000s.

49 metres

The height of this Roman aqueduct built in the first century AD. A record at the time! Today, it remains the only example of a three-story antique bridge still standing, with three rows of arcades, one on top of the other: 6 arches on the bottom, 11 in the middle, and 35 on top.

50 kilometres

The bridge formed part of the Roman aqueduct that carried water from Uzès to Nîmes: 50km of pipes crossed the heath or travelled underground, apart from the stretch at Gardon. The aqueduct had to be built to cross the river, and the upper level today measures 273m long (it originally measured 360m and had 12 further arches).

50,000 tonnes

The colossal structure is as heavy as it looks, at almost 50,000 tonnes. One thousand men laboured for five years to build the titanic structure.

2000

The year 2000 was the beginning of a new chapter for the Pont du Gard. In use until the VI century, then a toll road in the Middle Ages, it served as a road bridge from the 18th to 20th century. A Major Site Initiative was launched in 2000 to return the monument to its original condition, free from the traffic and buildings that had sprung up around it.

 

4500m²

A superb underground museum on the Pont du Gard’s left bank provides a fun and educational look back at the fascinating story of how the aqueduct was built, and the role it played in Roman times. There is a total of 4500m² in which to learn about the monument through films, exhibitions, and virtual reconstructions.



BY PASCALE FILLIÂTRE - Globetrotting journalist. I’ve often travelled to the ends of the Earth to find something you can find right next door in France.

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