The Pont du Gard aqueduct near Avignon and Nimes, is one such attraction. It is considered one of Europe's best Roman sights and when you see it, even though you've seen photos of it, it is most impressive. How did they do that? Especially without the tools we have today.
The more one learns about it, the more impressive it is. It appears the Romans determined what would be the likely flood design levels in future years and constructed the bridge to withstand even the greatest floods. This has been proven out over the centuries. It's a remarkable engineering feat and well worth visiting.
|Not only is the aqueduct old...this olive tree is reportedly 1200 years old!|
|The Romans left protrusions to hold the scaffolding anticipating that in the future it would be necessary to climb up and repair the structure.|
|We have visited sound and light shows at ancient monuments in the past. They seem like a corny idea, but are usually visually most impressive.|
|From the outside, I was not that impressed....|
|However, once inside, it was a different story.|
|I can just hear the electrical contractor: "Where should I run these wires?" And his boss said, "Oh, just remove a few stones if necessary. No one will notice."|
|There's a restaurant in a portion of the structure.|
|The surrounding buildings do not reflect, in any way, the architectural character of the theatre!|