Pont du Gard is an iconic Ancient Roman bridge and aqueduct built in first century AD and located near Nimes in France. In fact, it was the tallest bridge ever built by the Romans, rising 160 feet.
Nimes had been a major city of Gaul before 45BC, when it was incorporated in the Roman Empire. As the city’s population grew, exceeding 20,000, the need for water surpassed the available supplies of the Nemausus spring. Thus, from 40AD, over 1,000 workers were engaged in building Pont du Gard in order to transfer water from the Gard River (the Eure) to the city. Upon its completion, it would stay in use until the sixth century, when it was finally abandoned.
Since then, Pont du Gard has undergone a series of restoration projects and is now a spectacular place to visit. In 1985 it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Today guided tours of Pont du Gard take visitors right to the very heart of this iconic structure to see the how such an engineering feat was achieved and how the aqueduct operated. Visitors can also walk the full length of the bridge itself and explore this Roman marvel up close. These tours last approximately 1.5 hours.
There is also a Pont du Gard museum on site that explores the engineering techniques used by the Romans to build the bridge as well as the history of the area in which it is built, which actually stretches back to prehistoric times. Other exhibits found within the museum also focus on the history of Nimes and the surrounding area during the Roman era.
Pont du Gard is located approximately 27km northeast of Nimes in France. It can be reached by car from Nimes along the A9 (exit 23) – 30 mins. Nimes can be reached by train from Paris (3 hours).
Pont du Gard and its museum are open daily, 9am-5pm (to 7pm May-Sept). The discovery areas (i.e. the historic parts) are closed Nov-Mar. Entry costs €18 for a family package (up to five adults and one vehicle). Pedestrians or bikes are charged at €10 per person or €15 for groups up to five people.
400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
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