Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard
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The highest and best-preserved Roman aqueduct bridge in the world, the nearly 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard is a monument to Roman engineering and a World Heritage site. In its heyday, the aqueduct carried an estimated 200,000 cubic m (nearly 53 million gal) of water each day to the local baths, homes, and fountains. Due to the varied terrain, the aqueduct was created with different construction methods, ranging from underground construction to this bridge with three grand tiers of arches. Put Pont du Gard into our Vers-Pont-du-Gard tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vers-Pont-du-Gard.
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Well preserved example of Roman aqueduct "technology." Has all of the requisite archeological stuff in the accompanying museum - but what really packs 'em in is the marvelous structure. Not to be miss... read more »
Magnifique, majestueux, imposant… Je pense que l’on peut affirmer que ce site n’usurpe en rien sa réputation et que si vous passez non loin de là sans allez le voir, c’est comme manger du fromage sans... read more »Beautiful, majestic, imposing... I think it can be said that this site spoofs in his reputation and that if you go not far from here without you go, it's like eating cheese without a glass of red wine (not terrible metaphor, I admit). In summary, this bridge is a must see. Downside: The upper part is not open to the public (place where water is passed).show original
C'est beau, majestueux, ce site est naturel, on peut s'y balader des heures. Pour le reste c'est dommage de trouver des bâtiments bétons proposant des boutiques, des bars....et surtout un parking à 18... read more »It's beautiful, majestic, this site is natural, you can wander for hours. The rest is a pity to find buildings concrete offering shops, bars... and especially parking 18 Euros. We stayed at the campsite "La Sousta" 200 meters from the bridge. Pedestrian access is charged 10 euros per person, it's outrageous. you have to pay to see... We should put the Eiffel Tower under tarp and make us pay for the view from the field of Mars... We would go back.show original
An ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River in southern France. The bridge has three tiers of arches, standing 48.8m. It carried water to the citizens of Nîmes. It is truly an awe inspiring sight and to think you are looking at a structure that is nearly 2000yrs old built by basic technology to total precision. The area has a museum and restaurant. You can swim in the river or hire canoes if you wish. We took a packed lunch and sat by the river to eat.
If you are traveling to the Provence region in France, Pont du Gard is a must-see. It is amazing to walk along a structure from the ancient days of the Roman Empire that is still in such amazing condition. The many hundreds of years of inscribed graffiti is really cool (things like: Jean Paul aime Collette-1845). You have to take time to go through the museum. I hate museums, but the setup of this one showing the construction process and construction history is fascinating even if you aren't familiar with the construction industry. If you are, you'll be amazed that many of the specialty tools still in use today were originally developed by the Romans and were used on this structure. Going mid to late day will give you some great photo opportunities with the shadows of the pont cast across the river. This was one item finally checked off my bucket list after studying it 35 years ago as a college freshman.
Amazing history still standing. Worth the parking fee if driving. Lovely walk up and around the ancient water channel to see more detail. Just thinking about how it was built without modern technology is awe inspiring. Lovely setting on the river too
The staff at the Pont du Gard are incredibly rude, humiliating, intimidating, and insulting. I have never received such poor treatment from a heritage site before. On leaving the site we appealed to the security staff for help over our ticket payment. When we explained that we had been overcharged, and had entered the site for the 'Demi-for', we were treated with utter disrespect. The men tried to get me to get out of the car to 'show me something'. They then tried the same with my partner. I refused. When they asked why, I explained in French that I didn't understand why I needed to leave the car. I was told I was mad in the head. And asked if I could read, had I been to university? The men refused to allow us to leave the premises until we paid. Since returning in a state of profound distress I contacted the Pont du Gard. I was told I should have gone to the information desk. When I explained I had not seen any information desk, I was told 'you cannot miss it'. Reviews on the internet have informed me that the treatment we received today is very common, and has been met with outrage by many site visitors. It became apparent this was particularly prevalent amongst foreign tourists, many of whom warned against other tourists visiting the site for fear of exploitation.
It's free to access site if you arrive on foot, though museum is paid. Bus B21 from Nîmes stops quite near and journey takes 45 minutes. I wish I had brought my swimming trunks as it was very hot day and water was tempting.
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