More Roman stuff….Many years ago, well probably about 50, my father told me about this amazing bridge with no railings high above a valley. And being the adventurous child that I was, I wanted to go.
Fast forward to 1982, and I took a short break before my finals, and joined my parents in Provence where they were touring in a caravan. The first evening my father drove us along the banks of the Gard to Remoulins….and there it was, towering 200ft above the river….the Pont du Gard.
The jolly old PDG is not, of course, just a bridge but a Roman aqueduct, and quite some structure. It was built in the first century A.D. to carry water 30 miles from the Gard to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes).
When I was there a couple of times in the 1980s, you could drive across the bottom level, and also scramble about on the hillside around and actually access the top of the aqueduct and walk (or in my case crawl) across the top all those feet above the Gard below, a fabulous experience. You could even get into the water course below the top level of the aqueduct Sadly, none of this can now be experienced, as owing to the number of tourists a rather necessary restriction to protect such an old monument.
Making this into a square rather ruins the majesty of this edifice, so first of all we will have it in all its rectangular splendour:
And now you can have a square, and another image seen in the evening light 40 years ago – best time of day to see it:
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