Thursday, November 12, 2009

Aqueduc de Balouvière

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Does the same go for structures? In 1870 the citizens of Laudun needed to construct an aqueduct to span a small gorge in the hills just outside of town. Instead of opting for a typical wooden lattice structure, they commissioned a design inspired by the famous Pont du Gard.

Aqueduc de Balouvière

Over time, the town has grown up around the Aqueduc de Balouvière which is now located within the city limits. Actually, it's practically in someone's back yard. The smallish stone arch structure hardly compares to its inspirational model. However, we had fun climbing into the arches and walking across the top platform which no longer carries any water.

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