Thursday, July 23, 2009

Le Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is one of the most remarkable surviving Roman ruins anywhere. It is a massive stone aqueduct bridge over a large river canyon. It is the second highest standing Roman structure in the world - the Colosseum in Rome is only 6 feet taller. The main arch is the largest Roman arch ever built. No mortar was used in the construction of this stone bridge. You are allowed to walk on this magnificent ruin for wonderful views. This could easily be the greatest single sight to see in all of the French region of Provence. Provence is littered with tons of Roman remnants and I will be profiling some more of them in future posts. The Pont du Gard is located off the beaten path between the cities of Avignon and Nimes.

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