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Pont du Gard
The 49 meters (160 feet) high Pont de Gard viaduct is an architectural marvel and is in remarkable condition for its age. It has been standing for almost 2,000 years.
The enduring strength of the Pont du Gard is due in part to the colossal stones used in its construction. Yet, this arched bridge appears surprisingly delicate, thanks to the Roman architect's well-proportioned triple tier design.
a grand aqueduct
The Pont du Gard was just one segment of a 50-kilometer (30-mile) long aqueduct built to provide needed water to the city of Nimes.
Most of that aqueduct system gradually vanished through the centuries but its best part - the Pont du Gard - is fortunately still around.
I enjoyed the experience of driving my car across this two-millennium old aqueduct. This was when crossings were minimal. Today, cars have grown so much in size, weight and count that vehicular crossings are no longer allowed.
When to come
The Pont du Gard draws tourists galore. Avoid crowds by arriving early or late in the day.
Location in France