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Pont du Gard on the Gard River in southern France.

The Pont du Gard is a notable ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gard River in southern France. It is part of a 50 km (31 mi) long aqueduct that runs between Uzès and Nîmes in the South of France. It is located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard near Remoulins, in the Gard département. The aqueduct was constructed by the Romans in the 1st century AD and was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1985. It is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and is the best preserved after the Aqueduct of Segovia.

The bridge has three rows of arches, standing 48.8 m (160 ft) high, and formerly carried an estimated 200 million liters(44 million gallons) of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes. The aqueduct descends in height by only 17 m (56 ft) over its entire length, indicative of the great precision that Roman engineers were able to achieve using only simple technology. It was possibly used until as late as the 9th century, well after the fall of Rome. However, lack of maintenance after the 4th century meant that it became increasingly clogged by mineral deposits and debris that eventually choked off the flow of water.

The Pont du Gard’s subsidiary function as a toll bridge ensured its survival in the Middle Ages. Although some of its stones were looted, the local lords and bishops were for centuries responsible for its upkeep in exchange for the right to levy tolls on travellers using it to cross the river. It attracted increasing fame from the 18th century onwards and became an important tourist destination. It underwent a series of renovations that culminated in 2000 with the opening of a new visitor centre and the removal of traffic and buildings from the bridge and the area immediately around it. Today it is one of France’s most popular tourist attractions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_du_Gard

*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 11mm, iso100, f/4.2, 1/1250sec, handheld. HDR created from 3 bracketed exposures (-2,0,+2), tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4 & additional plug-ins.

Image added on 21st of August, 2011

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • PaulOckleshaw
    PaulOckleshawover 3 years ago

    Nice!!!

  • Cheers!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot with lovely use of the light and reflections and very interesting history. Amazing how well they built in ancient times. The mortar in our house is falling out after only 40 or so years, I bet it won’t be standing in 2000 years LOL!

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...over 3 years ago

    Brilliant shot !!!!

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 3 years ago

    stunning composition, love reflection and colors

  • trobe
    trobeabout 3 years ago


    You’re featured in our mid-September selection – Great Work!

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606about 3 years ago

    Perfect capture! Congratulations!!

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