on April 15, 2006
Much of the beauty of Pont du Gard is due to the fact that this amazing Roman-built aqueduct has survived from its construction, around 19 BC. Taking in my first view of this incredible structure, I obviously had to ask, "how were the correct angles calculated in order to achieve the appropriate flow of water?". At the time of its use, it was reported to have transported 4.4 million gallons daily, over a distance of 31 miles (from Uzès to Roman Nîmes). These figures seem baffling to me in their achievement at a time before modern construction tools and engineering conveniences. I learned that the huge limestone blocks, of which it was built, were erected without mortar. One cannot help but be awed by this beautiful structure. If one walks down to ground level, one can shoot some amazing pictures of its reflection on the Gard River. Seeing Pont du Gard is a must and was certainly a highlight of my visit to the Avignon area. It is certainly one of the remaining wonders of the ancient world!
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