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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard is one of the famous aqueduct bridges in France. The Pont du Gard runs between Uzes and Nimes which lies in the southern part of France. It was built by the Romans. It serves as one of the main sources of water to the people of Nimes. The Pont du Gard is also known as Roman Aqueduct.

Construction

  • The Pont du Gard was constructed in the middle of first century AD
  • During its construction, no mortar was used.
  • The designer of the Pont du Gard is unknown.
Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard Information

State Party France
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, iv
Reference 344
Region Europe and North America
Inscription History
Inscription 1985  (9th Session)

Pont du Gard Features

  • The Pont du Gard is one of the masterpieces of the Roman architecture.
  • Everyday the Pont du Gard carries about 200 million litres of water to the city of Nimes.
  • The Pont du Gard is considered to be the highest of all other Roman aqueduct bridges.
  • It is a part of 50km aqueduct and is built over the Gard river.
  • The Pont du Gard has three levels
  • The lower level has six arches which measures 22m high.
  • The central level of the Pont du Gard has eleven arches. Each arch measures up to 20m high.
  • The upper level has thirty five arches and measures 7m high.
  • About 50,400 tons of stones were used to build the Pont du Gard aqueduct and some of the individual stones weighs up to 6tonnes.
  • The measure of the aqueduct bridge is 300m long and 49m above the river.
  • A road bridge was joined to the first level of the Pont du Gard in the 18th century.
  • In the 13th century, the lords started collecting levy with the permission of the King in order to maintain the bridge.
  • During the summer season, the nocturnal lights designed by an American light designer named James Turrell show the magic of the bridge in its natural style.

Pont du Gard becomes one of the top tourist place because most of the people consider it as a required stop for the masons of French to learn the about its wonderful masonry. In the year 1985, the Pont du Gard was added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

The Pont du Gard

Level Number of Arches Length of Level Thickness of Piers Height of Arches
Lower (1st row) 6 142 m (466 ft) 6 m (20 ft) 22 m (72 ft)
Middle (2nd row) 11 242 m (794 ft) 4 m (13 ft) 20 m (66 ft)
Upper (3rd row) 35 (originally 47) 275 m (902 ft) 3 m (9.8 ft) 7 m (23 ft)

Pont du Gard Hours

  • Daily (except Monday morning) from 9:30 to 17:30
  • From May to September 9.30 to 19.00

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