Pont du Gard! What a beauty!
My husband and I have wanted to visit this bridge for several years now and finally got round to it when a friend was visiting us for the weekend. It's a shame we didn't come in Summer to enjoy it in the heat and splash around in the water. But it was beautiful all the same. Especially in Autumn with the beautiful leaves changing colours.
I do think it was a little expensive to visit. It costs €8.50 per adult to get into the park area. Our tickets weren't checked and we could have easily walked right in. I asked about the prices later in the afternoon and was told that if we had come in from another entrance and walked a bit, we could have seen the bridge for free. Might be worth knowing for any keen walkers reading this. Apparently the cost of the ticket also included a cinema experience, a museum and an exhibition. We didn't do any of these things so basically paid €8.50 for parking and easy access to the bridge.
I wish monuments and historical places were free to visit as I hate that they're always reserved for people who can afford to pay to visit. It's a shame as it would stop me coming again, unless I found out where the free entrance was.
Apparently it gets pretty busy in Summer with people sunbathing, swimming, paddle boarding etc which I think sounds like such a fun way to spend a Summer's day.
Some quick facts:
- The Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts.
- It's situated on the Gardon River between Nimes and Uzès in the South of France.
- It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical importance.
- It was built around 40-60 AD by the Roman Empire to transport water from Uzès to Nimes.
- The water came from the springs of the Fontaine d'Eure near Uzès and travelled along the 50km long aqueduct. In Nimes it was used for baths, fountains and houses for around 50,000 citizens.
- It has 6 arches along the bottom layer, 11 in the middle and 35 (originally 47) along the top.
- The bridge is made from limestone and for any more information, go to www.pontdugard.fr.