Bridges and Dams
Our section of Roman and Medieval bridges, Roman aqueducts and disastrous dams in Provence.
Provence is full of lovely old stone bridges. Many are Roman, and often still in use some 2000 years after they were built. Many Provencal bridges are "newer", dating from Medieval time and only a few hundred years old. The Roman Pont Julien (photo, left) was open to normal road traffic until very recently; now it's reserved for a major cycling trail and hikers.
The one remaining arch of an 11-arch Roman bridge on the Via Domitia, beside Ambrussum, southwest of Nîmes.
The 19th-century Balouvière Aqueduct was modeled after the Gallo-Roman Pont du Gard; at Laudun-l'Ardoise, 20 km west of Orange.
The "Les Arcades" aqueduct of Comps is [was] a multi-arched stone aqueduct carrying water from the Rhone to Nimes, from the end of the 19th century. The night of 23 December 2018 it all came tumbling down.
This 12th-century Pont du Diable across the Herault is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 40 km west of Montpellier.
The barrage de Malpasset was and arched concrete dam built across a small river valley 10 km north of Fréjus, which broke during a night in December 1959 and killed abut 500 people.
A small twin-arched stone Roman bridge on the plains of the Var departement, crossing a small stream that divides a land of solid rock and wide, green vineyards.
The Pont du Gard is a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley, about 25 km west of Avignon. Built over 2000 years ago, in 19 BC, by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus.
A lovely three-arched, stone Roman bridge crossing a small stream west of the town of Apt.
The Roquefavour Aqueduct is a beautiful 19th-century 3-tier stone aqueduct across the Arc river about 10 km west of Aix-en-Provence. Roquefavour, the world's highest stone aqueduct, was built in the style of the Roman Pont de Gard aqueduct as part of the Canal de Marseille.
This medieval town 30 km west of Nîimes has a 1st-century Roman bridge still used as the main road bridge into town.
A long double-arched 15th century stone bridge isolated in the woods at the edge of a large field, near the road leading south to Saint Tropez.
A long stone bridge with three wide arches, built in the 14th century but called locally the "Pont Romain"; in the Var department near Brignoles.