If you are visiting the Languedoc area of France then you simply must pay a visit to this stunning piece of Roman engineering.
If you are visiting the Languedoc area of France then you simply must pay a visit to this stunning piece of Roman engineering dating from around 50AD. The Pont du Gard is an Aqueduct, built to transport water from a spring at Uzes to the Roman city of Nimes some 50 km away.
Built on three levels the aqueduct was constructed from stones (some of which weigh up to six tons) cut so accurately that there was no need for any mortar. The bridge spans the deep valley of the river Gardon. It is 275 metres long and 49 metres high and is a truly spectacular site.
The Pont du Gard site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a visitor centre has been built in recent years. This contains a cinema which shows a 25 minute film of the history of the Aqueduct. There is also an interesting interactive museum about Roman life.
There is no cost for the Pont du Gard (with the exception of parking). The museum and cinema cost around 15€, with discounts for families. If you buy a ticket the parking is free.
Whilst you are in the area be sure to visit Uzes also.