Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) (1985)
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The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. 

The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece. 

  • France 1929. Pont du Gard. 

 

France 2003. Pont du Gard.

Pont du Gard is a Roman aqueduct close to the city of Nîmes, in southern France. Standing just under 49 m (160 ft) above the Gard River, it is the highest of all Roman aqueducts and one of the greatest and best-preserved pieces of Roman architecture in France. The Pont du Gard was built in the late 1st century BC or the early 1st century AD in order to channel water from a spring 50 km (31 mi) from Nîmes. It was constructed of masonry, without the use of mortar, and consists of three tiers of arches. 
  • France 2003. Pont du Gard. 
The lowest level (which was broadened in 1747 to accommodate a road bridge) has six wide arches. Above this level are 11 arches of similar dimensions, and on the topmost tier, 35 smaller arches that support the covered water channel of the aqueduct itself. The Pont du Gard is part of an impressive system of channels and tunnels constructed on the site by Roman engineers on a gradient of 0.07 centimeters per meter. The bridge's having survived intact over a period of some 2000 years attests to the superior engineering and design skills of the ancient Romans.
  • United Nations (New York) 2006. Roman Aqueduct (Pont du Gard). 

United Nations (New York) 2006. Roman Aqueduct (Pont du Gard).

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