Nîmes notes

a picture diary from a Roman town in the south of France

Pont du Gard in winter

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pont du gard, silhouette pont du gard close by pont du gard, arch

 

The Pont du Gard is obviously not located in the city of Nîmes, but as it’s known also as the aqueduct of Nîmes, I think it has its place in this blog too. It was build by the Roman’s in the 1st century, in order to bring water to the city of Nîmes, or Nemausus, as it was known at the time. The Roman colony of those days did have water all right, and the aqueduct brought just extra for the city’s baths and fountains from the nearby city of Ucetia (today’s Uzès).

The beautiful “bridge of Gard” is actually just one part of the once 50 km long aqueduct, and by no means the most beautiful. It’s classified as a Unesco World Heritage site, and millions of people come to see it yearly. In winter it’s quite quiet there, and personally I never get tired of it, in any weather or any time of the year.

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Picture diaries from Nîmes (and Marseille), South of France

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