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Pont du Gard


Pont du Gard. Photo Marco Prins. Pont du Gard: part of the aqueduct of Nīmes, one of the most famous ancient monuments of France.

The Pont du Gard, part of the 49 kilometer long aqueduct leading from the Fontaines d'Eure source near Ucetia (modern Uzčs) to Nemausus (Nīmes), which is only 17 meters lower. This means that the water has a gradient of exactly 1:3000. It was probably built in the third quarter of the first century, during the reign of Nero. This "bridge", seen from the northeast, is 275 meters long (at the top). Its level is 49 meters from the level of the river Gardon, and the capacity was about 20,000 m³/day.

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Pont du Gard. Photo Marco Prins. Pont du Gard. Photo Marco Prins. Pont du Gard. Photo Marco Prins.

Pont du Gard. Photo Marco Prins.
A similar monument -shorter but still functioning can be visited in Segovia in Spain. A satellite photo if the Pont du Gard can be seen here.

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