Roads, amphitheaters, bridges… There are many monuments of roman civilization spread throughout the Mediterranean countries. Spain is one of them and has several very well preserved such as the Segovia aqueduct or the Cartagena theater. France is another privileged to host Roman works and one of the most notable is the Pont du Gard.

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The Pont du Gard, an engineering jewel

The Pont du Gard is a bridge that allows the Nîmes aqueduct crosses the Gardon river. It was built in the 1st century AD, has a length of 275 meters and is composed of three rows of superimposed arches reaching a height of 49 meters.

The spectacular Pont du Gard near Nimes.
The spectacular Pont du Gard near Nimes.

The aqueduct is not far behind in greatness, exceeds 50 kilometers in length and connects the cities of Uzes, which had a spring, and Nìmes. It supplied the latter with water for five centuries. Nimesin Roman “Nemausus”, experienced a great development in the 1st century AD, under the dominions of the emperors Claudius or Nero, thanks to the aqueduct. This infrastructure allowed for healthier streets, water in the residences of the elites, and the creation of fountains and hot springs.

How to visit the Pont du Gard

The Roman bridge gets its name from being located in the Gard department, in the Occitania region and is located 36 kilometers from Nîmes. The car park is open every day from 8am to midnight and access to the bridge is free, but the parking costs 9 euros and the museum and exhibitions cost 8 euros (free for those under 18 years old).

Perhaps the best time to visit the Pont du Gard is In summer, they light up the bridge every afternoon and we can take a dip in the river.

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