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Balouvière Aqueduct


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The Balouvière Aqueduct at the village of Laudun-l'Ardoise was built in the 19th-century, using the Gallo-Roman Pont du Gard as a technical and ascetic model.
 
Like its 2000-year-old big brother, the Balouvière Aqueduct is built in three tiers of stone arches, with a covered water channel across the top, and it does looking amazingly like the bigger and older version.

Laudun-l'Ardoise | Balouvière Aqueduct | Cesars Camp | Pont du Gard |

The "Petit Pont-du-Gard" is set in a lush, green valley just to the north of Laudun-l'Ardoise village center. Only the main section across the valley remains; the aqueduct doesn't go anywhere anymore.

The aqueduct is a 10-minute walk around to the far side of the hill from the village center, but it's not well sign-posted. We had to ask around a bit to find its location.

There is a parking area just south of the aqueduct, at the junction of Rue Florian and Rue Vincent Faita.

The Balouvière Aqueduct was built in about 1872, to bring water into the village for people and animals. The source was 2.85 km to the north, at the foot of the hilll now called Caesar's Camp.

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