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Nimes Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)

Listed under History in Nîmes, France.

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This immense Roman aqueduct has spanned the river Gard since around the 1st century, and once connected with a larger system that supplied water to the city now known as Nimes, carrying it over fifty kilometres from the natural spring at Uzes. It was capable of delivering five million gallons of water a day and yet it was built entirely by hand, using a man-powered treadmill to hoist the blocks into place, some of which weighed over five tons. They were cut with such precision that no mortar was needed to fill the cracks between them, and though after three centuries it ceased to be maintained, was used as a foot bridge and was even borrowed from for the building of other structures before it was first restored in the 18th century, it still stands almost intact today. If you look closely, you can see guide markings made in Latin by the workers who built it, as well as names carved since by visitors.

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In that ancient period, without modern hydraulic systems it was too tough to build such structure. Hat's off.

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