Pont du Gard, France
An ancient artefact from the days of the Roman empire, the Pont du Gard Bridge in France was built way back in the first century AD. It’s a type of aqueduct bridge and is the highest of its kind, and is also stunningly beautiful and one of the best preserved Roman aqueduct bridges still in existence.
At 275 metres long and 48 metres high, it was built near Avignon in the south of France and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you look at this ancient relic, it’s outstanding to think that it was built so long ago, by human hand, before the invention of the engineering tools we have at our disposal on today’s building sites.
Building this architectural marvel must’ve been one of the most dangerous construction projects of its time. It includes three levels, one on top another, and 52 individual arches and has survived use as an aqueduct until the 6th Century, a tollgate in the Middle Ages and being a road bridge until the 20th Century. Now a tourist attraction complete with exhibitions, outdoor entertainment and restaurants, visitors can marvel at its awesomeness over the safety of a coffee and a croissant.