Pont D'Aël: the Roman aqueduct bridge

The most important historic monument not only of Aymavilles but also of all the surrounding territory.

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Aymavilles boasts one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Roman monuments. The type of construction is entirely unique; this is an aqueduct bridge built in a section of the valley that leads toward Cogne.

The work is in an excellent state of preservation. It must be visited: taking the state highway toward Cogne, follow the signs on the right for the town of Pondel.

The visit to the monument and its surrounding area has always been free: this is value added for ideal enjoyment and an approach of absolute authenticity.

With its specific nature as an aqueduct bridge dating back to the Roman era of Augustus A.D., it certainly has significant international relevance even if it is still not adequately sustained by appropriate initiatives intended for its promotion.

In the operations program of the Community administration is a preliminary design, the objectives of which are focused on the creation of a safeguarding system and site evaluation that can be traced on a small scale to that executed on a large scale with the Pont de Gard in France, the exceptional work of the empire that carried water to the city of Nimes and that is a point of reference for scholars of the work of the Pondaël.

Structure

The entrance to the Pondel
A huge structure, unique of its kind, in masonry and carved stone blocks.

Territory

The vegetation around the bridge
The territory surrounding Pont d'Aël presents three primary environments.

Pont D'Aël seen by children

The Roman bridge aqueduct in spring
The Roman aqueduct bridge drawn by children.

Reconstruction aqueduct

Track of the Roman aqueduct
Description of the Roman aqueduct track.

See also

Aymavilles on Flickr