Pont du Gard World Heritage Site

Ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France

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Pont du Gard
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Coordinates43°56′50″N 04°32′08″E / 43.94722°N 4.53556°E / 43.94722; 4.53556Coordinates: 43°56′50″N 04°32′08″E / 43.94722°N 4.53556°E / 43.94722; 4.53556
CarriesRoman aqueduct of Nîmes
CrossesGardon River
LocaleVers-Pont-du-Gard, Gard, France
Maintained byPublic Association of Cultural Cooperation (since 2003)
Websitepontdugard.fr pontdugard.fr pontdugard<wbr/>.fr]</span>] 
Characteristics
DesignArch bridge
MaterialShelly limestone
Total length
  • Upper: 275 m (902 ft) (originally: 360 m (1,180 ft))
  • Mid: 242 m (794 ft)
  • Low: 142 m (466 ft)
Width
  • 6.4 m (21 ft) (max)
  • 1.2 m (4 ft) (aqueduct)
Height
  • 48.8 m (160 ft) (total)
  • 1.8 m (6 ft) (aqueduct)
No. of spans
  • Upper: 35 (originally: 47)
  • Mid: 11
  • Low: 6
Piers in water5
History
Construction endc. 40–60 AD
Construction cost30 million sesterces (est.)
Closedc. 6th century
Official namePont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
TypeCultural
Criteriai, iii, iv
Designated1985 (9th session)
Reference no.344
State PartyFrance
RegionEurope and North America
Designated1840
Reference no.PA00103291
Pont du Gard is located in France
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Location in France
References
[1][2][3]

The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over 50 km (31 mi) to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes).[4] It crosses the river Gardon near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in southern France. The Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges, and one of the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.

  1. ^ "EPCC du Pont du Gard". Culture-epcc.fr. 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Monument historique — PA00103291". Mérimée database of Monuments Historiques (in French). France: Ministère de la Culture. 1993. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". whc.unesco.org. 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Map of the Roman Aqueduct to Nîmes". Athena Review Image Archive. Athena Review. Retrieved 2015-09-02.

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