The most visited ancient monument in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of the great masterpieces of Antiquity.
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The Pont du Gard - an amazing ancient monument
The most visited ancient monument in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of the great masterpieces of Antiquity. The site itself offers families a unique Discovery Centre with a multimedia museum, cinema, Ludospace for children and 15 hectares of landscaped Mediterranean gardens (vines, olive trees…). In summer the area around the right bank of the bridge is turned into a beach, while walkers go along the GR6 hiking path.
The Pont du Gard is an absolute must to visit in the South if France. Although it is has the name ‘pont’ meaning bridge, it is in fact an aqueduct, a very small part of the 50km long Roman aqueduct which was used to take water from Uzès to Nîmes. The majestic construction was built almost 2,000 years ago. Its stature and state of preservation make it the tallest ancient bridge in the world. It is situated at the heart of a natural setting of 165 hectares, classed as a « Grand Site de France® ».
The Pont du Gard spans the River « Gardon » with 49 arches on 3 storeys. The story of the aqueduct is recounted in the museum, the largest interpretation centre in France concerning Roman engineering and construction. A Plant Trail runs through the typically-Mediterranean countryside known as ‘garrigue’ past archaeological remains of the Age of Antiquity following the path of the old aqueduct.
The Pont du Gard - fun and relaxation for all the family