Travel to the Black Forest

Day 1 Pont du Gard

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We left at 5 am to avoid by one side the heat of the hours of sunshine and above all avoid the traffic delays of the begining of the vacations. We have just under 9-hour drive ahead. We have planned some cultural stop for rest of so many hours of car. Around 9 am stopped for breakfast near the Pont du Gard. It is a recreational area located around this Roman aqueduct. To access the site you have to pay 18 euros per car (staying 20 minutes or all day). If you leave your car outside the site (there are hardly any places to park) tickets cost 3 euros per adult.

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

(in 422 Km.) Pont du Gard: The Pont du Gard was added to UNESCO´s list of World Heritage Sites in 1985. It was long believed that the Pont du Gard was built around 19 BC. However, recent excavations suggest that took place around the middle of the 1st century AD. The construction of the aqueduct has long been credited to Augustus´ son-in-law and aide, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Designed to carry the water across the small Gardon Valley, was part of a 50 km aqueduct that carried water from the sources near Uzès to the Roman city of Nemausus (now Nîmes). The full aqueduct had a gradient of 34 cm / km (1/3000), descending only 17 meters throughout its journey and carried 20 million liters of water daily.

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

Built on three levels, the Pont is 49 m (161 ft) high above the river at low water and 274 m (899 ft) long. The first level: 6 arches, 142 meters long, 6 meters thick, 22 meters high. Middle level: 11 arches, 242 meters long, 4 meters thick, 20 meters high. Upper level: 35 arcos, 275 meters long, 3 meters thick, 7 meters high. On the third level runs a road and a water conduit 1.8 m high and 1.2 meters thick and a slope of 0.4% grade.


 

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