Pont du Gard


OK, I’ve seen my share of Roman stuff in the last 18 years. The Colisseum, the Pantheon, Roman gates in Italy and in Germany, the baths at Bath, and on and on and on. Clients ask me, “Aren’t you sick and tired of Roman ruins?” Never, I reply. I can marvel at these architectural wonders forever. The Pont du Gard has been standing practically that long. Built in 70 A.D. to provide water to the thirsty citizens of what is now Nimes, Provence, the giant acquaduct spans a river gorge and provides not only a gentle slope for fresh water coming from the mountains near Uze, but also allows for pedestrian or other traffic along the lower part of the span. It’s incredible to think that this structure was already ancient when Columbus sailed from Spain in search of a short cut to the East Indies.

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