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Pont du Gard, France

From series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
Year: 1 century A.C. . Lenght: 275 m. Height: 47 m .

Several aqueducts built during the Roman Empire have survived in the world. The highest of them is in France. It's called the Pont du Gard. This ancient bridge is 275 meters long and 47 meters high. The bridge passes over the Gardon River. It is located in a very picturesque natural area. As recent studies have shown, the construction of the aqueduct took place in the 1st century AD.

It is noteworthy that lime was not used in the construction of the bridge. This did not prevent the bridge from being built incredibly strong and reliable. The aqueduct is three-tiered. It has a rather complex architectural style. Each tier has a different number of arches. They differ in width. Originally, the bridge was built to provide water to the surrounding cities. It was used as a regular transport bridge after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Some of its pillars had to be destroyed so that large vehicles could pass over the bridge. This caused the threat of a complete collapse of the entire aqueduct at some point. Another bridge was built near the historic bridge in the mid-18th century. It began to be used as a transport one. The last major reconstruction of the historical monument was ordered by Napoleon III in the middle of the 19th century. The bridge has long been closed to vehicles. But it continues to be open to pedestrians.

Everyone can take a walk on the bridge during the tour today. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore its incredible stone fragments and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area from the bridge. The ancient monument looks most spectacular in the warm season. The hills located on the banks of the river are covered with dense vegetation at this time. Several hiking trails can be found near the bridge. Very spectacular views of the historical monument are opened from natural viewing platforms. The main mystery of the Pont du Gard aqueduct is related to the exact dating of its construction. The inscription was found on one of the stones of the bridge. It shows that it was built in the prehistoric period. Next - Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Bourges

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  Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France   Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Bourges, France  
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Hotel les Acanthes

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Villa Carina

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Top destination around Pont du Gard - Nimes

Families who are used to spending time actively will certainly appreciate Escattes Aventure - a place where kids can climb trees in plenty. There are also opportunities for playing in a team, children of any age will find entertainment to their taste - both very small and older children can choose different difficulty levels. Parc Panda is another great park with the opportunity to play paintball having a lot of fun and increasing the level of trust between all family members who participate in the game. However, you can do the same in Paintball Pro Nimes and Laser Game Evolution (the only difference is that laser tag players gather here).

In Nimes, there is every opportunity to have a nice time in entertainment centers. For example, you can visit Bowling One or Space Bowling and play your favorite game, or check out Cap'vr and try out virtual reality game simulators. As is known, kids like this pastime very much. You can take them with you to Golf de Nimes Vacquerolles so that they can tap into the "game of billionaires" and, of course, enjoy the magnificent natural scenery.
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