Saturday, March 10, 2007

Photo Hunters

Pont du Gard is a unique monument of Roman utility architecture located in Southern France.
(Yes, Anna is on the photo).
Please take a minute to visit the UNESCO site-description to find more information.

This is the description in brief:
The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.

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Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

50km? That's amazing, to think that the aqueduct is still standing after more than 2000 years. Good photo!

March 10, 2007 3:29 pm  
Blogger RennyBA said...

Amazing Tor and Anna looks great too!
Wishing you both a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to next weekend hosting Lifecruiser's visiting Oslo:-)

March 10, 2007 3:38 pm  
Blogger Fleur de Lisa said...

Incredible Tor- the fact that it still stands today attests to its great engineering. Hello to Anna too!

March 10, 2007 3:51 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

The Romans always did it best!

So amazing! Beautiful...

Mine is up too.

Happy Weekend!

March 10, 2007 3:59 pm  
Anonymous Maribeth said...

Wonderful picture!

March 10, 2007 4:03 pm  
Blogger Melli said...

I love when bridges are NOT just bridges! That is beautiful! Architecture and artwork should always go hand-in-hand!

I was in Rochester New York last weekend!

March 10, 2007 4:12 pm  
Blogger ribbiticus said...

beautiful! love how your shot is angled to show off the amazing azure sky. mine's up too! ;)

March 10, 2007 4:13 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...

@Ex-Shammickite: I'm impressed as well. First photo I thought of was from of very old stone bridge in Norway (still in use).
But this one, a world heritage, is an example of what we today should think about: Sustainable

@RennyBA: I'll give you and Diane a challenge. It's easy, but needs some kind of concentration when heading back to your Norwegian home.
How many bridges to you pass? Every bridge counts.
btw. I'm usually counting tunnels, but never bridges.


@Fleur de Lisa: I often ponder: For how many generations will todays bridges be there? And still in use.

And bridge is a connection

btw. I've seen some of your other pictures of bridges. I thought you may had choosen the red one. But after reading your words, yeah.

@Carol: I'm amazed how the romans and other cultures so long ago did make constructions still vivid.

@Maribeth: I'll tell you a secret: It's even better to be there:))

@Melli: You hit my heart by your comment: not just. That's why I name it utility architecture

@ribbiticus: Thanks for the compliment. Out of about 20 pictures from the site, I had to pick out one. Showing the construction.
At least that's my thought around PH. To take the challenge and pick ONE picture. Descission making.

March 10, 2007 5:03 pm  
Blogger meeyauw said...

The methods they used to build aqueducts seem impossible but they still stand. Even the idea of aqueducts amazes me whenever I see one. Thank you!

March 10, 2007 5:13 pm  
Blogger A. said...

Lovely picture, and a beautiful day!

We visited the Pont du Gard first when our sons were quite small, I suppose about 20 years ago. We still have the photos of them climbing though the top "roof" to the aquaduct and walking, without any handrails or other protection, right along the top. Last time we visited, we noticed the safety had been tightened up a little!

I seem to remember they no longer let cars across either, but they certainly used to, judging by our photos.

March 10, 2007 5:58 pm  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

I agree it's a remarkable masterpiece. I love the details on it.

Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

March 10, 2007 7:00 pm  
Anonymous kris said...

that'a real beauty! i love it, actually :)

March 10, 2007 7:47 pm  
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March 11, 2007 1:36 am  
Blogger PowersTwinB said...

amazing architecture, being so old! Great photo! My photo is up, please come and visit

March 11, 2007 2:17 am  
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March 11, 2007 2:20 am  
Blogger Desert Diva said...

You've chosen a wonderful photo for this week's "architecture" theme. Thanks for adding the "history," as it make the bridge even more interesting. Have a great weekend!

March 11, 2007 2:58 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

yeah, yeah (sigh) these ancestors of Mr. Gattino have been EVERYWHERE ! Wherever you go in Europe or Northern Africa you stumble on a ruin or other left overs from them, lol !

March 11, 2007 5:20 am  
Blogger ShadowFalcon said...

Excellent Photo. Ancient structural engineering with never cease to amaze me...

March 11, 2007 10:30 am  
Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

DON'T SHOW ME THINGS LIKE THIS!!!!! Now you made me wanna go there (and every where else I want to go too) and my back can't handle that for the moment.... *dreamy sigh*

But I must admit that I really enjoyed reading about it. What a masterpiece yes! Brilliant. I'm so impressed by the Romans. How on earth did they knew all this science at that time, how did they create the tools they needed to build it and - how many men did die on the mission...? PHEW.

March 11, 2007 12:13 pm  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

You must have been thrilled to be somewhere that dates so far back into historical times!

March 11, 2007 5:00 pm  
Blogger RennyBA said...

As to your challenge: Two tunnels and countless bridges I think?
Wishing you a lovely week ahead - and see you next weekend:-)

March 11, 2007 8:56 pm  
Blogger PastorMac's Ann said...

I visited this Pont du Gard on a tour of France during a high school French Club trip, many many years ago. It was wonderful. An amazing place and piece of architecture. Perfect pick for The Hunt.

March 12, 2007 6:35 am  
Blogger LoveMyStarr said...

Great pic! I would love to visit there!

BTW, my husband was trying to build the Temple of the Sun in the sand:)

March 12, 2007 8:14 pm  
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March 13, 2007 3:25 am  
Blogger Shionge said...

It is beautiful, which year were you there Toraa? THank you for sharing with us :D

Oh....something 'smoking' good is brewing at my blog...pls come over :)

March 13, 2007 5:03 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

The Romans were amazing architects, builders and engineers!

Thank you for the interesting photo.

March 13, 2007 11:22 am  
Anonymous pat said...

WOW - absolutely amazing!!! Love it!

March 18, 2007 1:31 pm  
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