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The aqueducts built across Europe are among the most important symbols of the Roman Empire.

Pont du Gard, France

The Pont du Gard was built shortly after the Christian era across the Gard river and is applauded as an absolute triumph in Roman aqueduct construction. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and consists of three levels–the longest measuring 275 m–created a technical and artistic masterpiece.

1st century CE

It may sound like a simple advancement today, but in ancient times controlling the flow and supply of water was critical to the success of the Roman Empire. The system of aqueducts built across the continent was more sophisticated than anything seen before. Being able to transport and store water allowed for the colonisation of new areas and for the endearment of the Romans to the locals by providing easy access to an important resource. The techniques developed by the Romans have been used ever since, with many parts of the world still utilising the innovations that were designed 2,000 years ago.

The wonder of the Pont du Gard can be appreciated from different angles, with trails leading up each side of the river and viewpoints from below. The three-tiered structure has a pathway on the top that you can access with a guided tour. A modern museum gives you insight into the history and the operation of the aqueduct, while a short film blends documentary and fiction. In the warmer months, a beach on the riverbank is a glorious place for a swim, with the ancient marvel as a backdrop.

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