Daily Dose: Pont Du Gard

Add to TwitterIt’s time to marvel at the accomplishments of pre-industrial architects! Though I’ve never actually been to see the Pont Du Gard in Nîmes, France, the images have always captivated my aesthetic interest.

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Pont Du Gard

This Roman Empire aqueduct was built was built between 40 and 60 AD and is about 300 yds long. Its three levels of stone arches were constructed without the use of mortar! The stones were all cut precisely to fit – some of them weighed up to six tons each! The Pont Du Gard could deliver 44 million gallons of water daily. It operates today only as a tourist attraction (and a stunning example of masonry work, of course!)

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Sources:

http://www.funnytheworld.com/2009/Jun/PontDuGard.gif
http://technogreatideas.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html

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