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Pont du Gard, France: Is it Architecture or Art?

Visiting monuments isn’t on the top of my sightseeing list; however I heard that Pont du Gard was a “must.”

It is reportedly one of the most visited sites in France but, not until I saw it myself would I know why. It literally took my breath away.

There, hiding out in the French countryside — not far from groves of olives trees and fields of grape vines — was a magnificent structure from the early Roman Empire. From the 1st Century AD, to be exact.

…Continue reading here for Deborah’s story of her visit to this famous Roman aqueduct, which remains standing some 2000+ years after it was first constructed. As Deborah discovered, the visitor’s centre at the Pont du Gard site includes a fabulous museum, small cafe and some shaded seating. The exhibit space is filled with artefacts from this aqueduct system that carried water from a spring near Uzès to Nimes. The water was transported a distance of roughly 50 kilometres to support the needs of the population in Nimes and for public fountains.

Things to Do at Pont Du Gard:

Rent a Kayak and drift under the bridge

Take a look at this video

Attend one of the light and music evenings

Contact information:

Pont du Gard Website

Note you can purchase your tickets online, which will save time on a busy day.

La Bégude
400 Route du Pont du Gard
30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 37 50 99

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Deborah Bine

Deborah Bine

The Barefoot Blogger, aka Deborah Bine, loves to share tales of her solo life in France as an American expat who speaks no French. Retired from a career in advertising and marketing communications, and divorced after a 40-year marriage with children, Deborah left Beaufort, South Carolina and all of her belongings last year to move to the south of France. Now that she has found her "bliss," her passion is to encourage others to break away from whatever is holding them back and to go after their dreams. "We're on life's journey alone. Be certain you love where you are."

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