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Wellington, New Zealand
September 21, 2003
The bridge is 275m long and 48m high, which makes it the highest in the Roman world. It is composed of three levels. An impressive feat of engineering, the bottom level of arches was designed specifically to withstand huge water in the case of a flood. These were again successfully put to the test in the floods of 2002, two millenia after its construction! These same floods have necessitated significant rebuilding and construction on the right bank, which is currently closed.
After the decline of the Roman Empire the aqueduct was used as a bridge. It is still possible to cross the lower level of the bridge on foot for free.
Most of the other facilities at the centre of the left bank charge an entry fee, these include the musuem and the Grande Expo, a permanent multimedia exhibition presenting the aqueduct’s 2000 year history. Guided tours of the bridge are also available. The centre includes a restaurant and souvenir shops.
The Pont du Gard is situation between Remoulins (RN 100) and Vers-Pont-du-Gard (D81) 27km from Nîmes. There is also a bus from Nîmes which takes 30 minutes and runs two to five times per day.
From journal Nîmes - Rome meets Provence