The Pont du Gard is a 31 mile limestone aqueduct built by the Romans during the reign of Emperor Cladius. The Romans built this system of canals to bring fresh water to Nimes ancient citizens from the springs at Uzes. The Romans established a colony in Nimes in 30 B.C. where you can admire the Romam amphitheater and temple. The aqueduct
stretches over the Gard river between Uzes and Nimes. Uze was a famous textile town.
It is located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard commune in the South of France. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in France. There is a museum that offers a short film about the Romans.
The famous aqueduct was constructed by the Roman Empire in the mid first century under Emperor Cladius. , before the dawn of the Christian era. The bridge is almost 164 feet high and has 3 levels. The the longest level is 902 feet long. The bottom tier of the structure is a walkway. In 1285, the bishop of Uzes mandatated a toll-collection process from all travelers crossing the bridge. The third level carries a water conduit.
The Pont du Gard is currently one of the most visited attractions in all of France. For more information visit: www.pontdugard.fr
Here’s the UNESCO link: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/344
Here’s a video: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/344/video
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com