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Why not visit the beautiful Pont Du Gard?

Jan 24, 2018

Staying in one of our holiday rentals on the Cote d'Azur? Why not visit the historic Pont du Gard?

Pont du Gard is a landmark Roman aquaduct, built with 3 tiers and crossing the Gardon River.  Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts and in 1985 was added to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites.

The Pont du Gard aquaqduct was built part way through the 1st century AD, it forms part of an approximately 31 mile aquaduct that serviced what is now the modern city of Nîmes.

The bridge weighs around 50,000 tons and was constructed out of limestone blocks from a nearby quarry.

This superb architectural feature is accessible from our Côte d'Azur properties and is well worth the drive.

Pont du Gard is a paid attraction, and tickets can be conveniently booked online via the official website.

Forgetting for a minute this amazing attraction, the area surrounding The Pont du Gard has also been subject to a number of archaeological digs.

These digs exposed a number of grottos some of which feature evidence of human occupation dating back as far as 80,000 BC and more recent Neolithic occupation at approximately 3,000-5,000 years ago.

Remains of fossilised animals, flint tools, engravings and animal depictions have all been discovered at these fantastic sites - Perhaps one of the most important being the Salpêtrière grotto, which itself was classified as a historical monument in 1931 and pieces from which are now in the national history museum in Nîmes.