It rained in the morning but by lunch time it started to clear up so we headed out to take a look at the Pont du Gard, UNESCO World Heritage site near Remoulins west of Avignon.
The Pont du Gard is the surviving stretch of a 50km long Roman aqueduct built in the 1st century AD to supply fresh water to Nimes for 500 years. The aqueduct was quite an achievement to build with just 17m difference in altitude from the start to finish and going over very mixed terrain. The aqueduct was built in just five years. The Pont du Gard spans the Gardon River and has three tiers of arches spanning the river. It is 360m long and 50 m high and is considered one of the greatest bridges built in Classical times.
It certainly was a magnificent bridge.
We were able to explore the bridge from both sides of the river as there was an 18th century bridge built alongside the Roman bridge. There were also a couple of viewpoints with views looking down on the aqueduct. We finished our visit with the excellent museum explaining how the aqueduct was built, the importance of water in the Roman empire and the impact the aqueduct had on Nimes.
A must see if you are in the area.