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Pont du Gard, France - Pont du Gard Travel Guide - Indian Chief Travel
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Pont du Gard

Le Pont du Gard (1787), painted by Hubert Robert
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Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is iconic; truly one of the “must see” monuments of any trip to Provence. A 2,000-year-old Roman span near Remoulins, it was built to carry the aqueduct of Nîmes across the Gardon. Three tiers of arches – the topmost being the aqueduct itself – stand about 165 feet above the river bed. In 1985, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognizing it as a technical and artistic masterpiece. More than a million visitors a year make this one of France’s most popular historic sites.

Up until recently, visitors could cross the upper level of tiers, walking through the aqueduct, but to preserve the bridge for another millennium, that option is no longer available. It is, however, quite safe to walk across the roadway on the first tier of arches (cyclists must dismount). There, 18th-century graffitti testify to earlier waves of visitors.

On the left bank, a national park includes picnic areas, a visitors’ center, a café and shop. Steep stone steps lead to a spectacular view from above. A few hundred yards downriver, the broad and dazzling pebbled river bank provides easy access to the Gardon itself. It is a dream of a river – clean, cold and safe – for swimming, fishing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking. Popular for walking, cycling and horseback riding as well, the area is laced with trails. Maps and brochures are available in the visitors’ center or from the tourist office in Remoulins.

Last updated November 19, 2013
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