The Romans were good at building bridges across things. The Pont du Gard (above) which was built by the Romans as part of the 50km long Nimes aqueduct to go across the Gorge of the Gardon River. It was built in the 1st century AD to carry water from Uzes to Nimes and is the highest (48.8 metres)and most well preserved of the aqueduct bridges. Probably because it was also used as a toll bridge over the river for many years after it was stopped being used for water. The precision of the engineers of Roman times is to be marvelled at as this aqueduct has a fall of only 56 feet over the 50 kms and the bridge itself has a drop of only 2.5 cms.
This bridge is considerably older being built in mediaeval times (1177 – 11850). It go across the Rhone joining Villeneuve-les-Avignon and Avignon. A chapel was built in the middle of it. This was a costly bridge to maintain as the arches had a habit of collapsing when the Rhone flooded. It was the inspiration for the song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.”
Both these bridges which go across rivers have been World Heritage listed.
In response to Black and White Sunday