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Pont du Gard

General Information

Completion: 1st century
Status: out of service

Project Type

Structure: Three-story semi-circular arch bridge
Function / usage: Aqueduct bridge
later use:
Road bridge
Material: Masonry bridge

Location

Location: , , ,
Crosses:
  • Gardon River
Part of:
Coordinates: 43° 56' 51.00" N    4° 32' 6.00" E

Technical Information

Dimensions

height 47.40 m
total length 275 m
span lengths max. 24.40 m
slope of channel 0.19 m / km
width of channel 1.20 m

Materials

piers stone
arches stone

Chronology

40 A.D.
- 60

Approximate period of construction which is estimated to have taken 15 years in total for the entire aqueduct and 5 years for the Pont du Gard. Built in the reign of the emperors Claudius and Nero.

1743
- 1745

Lower arches widened to accommodate road bridge under the authority of Henri Pitot.

1843
- 1850

Restoration by architects Questel and Laisné due to Prosper Mérimée's interventions.

6 December 1985

Added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Participants

Widening
Design

Relevant Web Sites

Relevant Publications

  • Larnac, Claude (2010): Racontez-moi le Pont du Gard. Actes Sud, Arles (France), ISBN 978-2-7427-9275-7, pp. 151.
  • Panarotto, Serge (2003): Provence romaine et Pré-romaine. 1st edition, Edisud, Aix-en-Provence (France), ISBN 978-2744903540, pp. 18-19.
  • Corvisier, Christian (2000): Pont du Gard. Presented at: Congrès archéologique de France - Monuments du Gard, 157éme session, pp. 511-513.
  • Sadler, Heiner (1986): Brücken. Harenberg Kommunikation, Dortmund (Germany), pp. 20-21.
  • Fiches, Jean-Luc: Le Pont du Gard. Monum. Editions du patrimoine, Paris (France), pp. 64.
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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20000256
  • Date created
    19/05/1999
  • Last Update
    30/05/2017