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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2020 | Present