The Pont Du Gard
Unesco World Heritage site, well know, well protected, magnificent in its ambition as well as its execution, a thing of architectural and artistic beauty and longevity - but in essence only a 274m means to an end in a 50km aqueduct carrying water from Uzès to Nîmes. They had to cross the Gardon somehow! But what of the other 49.726km, stretching from the Fontaine de L'Eure in Uzès to the Castellum in Nîmes, using the barest of vertical drops of only 14m in total over that distance?
Searching for Nemausus
Under the distant tree is Charles at work. Eventually his ambition is to have mapped the entire line of the aqueduct using GPS waypoints to link these vestiges and his discoveries along the way. This is no easy task: while there are some very visible parts, well visited, others even though recorded are overgrown, yet others are unrecorded, and the descriptive and photographic record is at times quite incomplete or old and not recently mapped.
They are evocative in a way their better-known sibling is not, firing the imagination both with the sheer scale of the project and the incredible feat of engineering that in places required the aqueduct to maintain downhill progress of millimetres every hundred metres. And it is NOT a straight line! Over bridges, under tunnels, following contours, each metre required precise engineering and often novel solutions to maintaining the gradient.
The iPhone Photos
The first phase of the project is to travel the length of the aqueduct, from source to the distribution point in Nîmes, the Castellum, recording significant and interesting fragments as they appear along the way. Follow progress in 'This month', with periodic updates. Go to the Nemausus Project page in this website for the complete set as they appear.
The Regulation Basin.
The Pont de Bornègre.
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