The aqueduct-bridge of Pont d'Aël
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 45° 40.605 E 007° 13.350
32T E 361565 N 5059669
Quick Description: An aqueduct-bridge from the ancient Roman period is located near the village of Pont d'Aël in the Cogne river valley, a tributary of the Aosta valley in Northwest Italy.
Location: Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Date Posted: 5/24/2007 12:38:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM1K3X
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member MAntunes
Views: 109

Long Description:
The aqueduct is a grandiose construction, 56 meters high and 50 meters long, made of masonary and quarried stone. An inscription of the North face of the structure dates it to the year 3 B.C. and mentions the owner, a certain Caius Avillius Caimus from the city of Patavium (Padua). It includes an internal gallery one meter wide, illuminated by narrow openings in the two walls. Wooden gates, at both ends of the structure, allowed access to the bridge, the eastern extremety of which was extended by a passage cut out of the rock. Above the gallery, an open-air canal, the bottom of which was made of stone blocks and the walls made watertight, conducted the water which flowed from a spring situated on the left slope of the torrential stream. From the west extremity of the bridge, one can still see the remains of the water tunnel which was connected to it.

On the basis of the data available today, it is reasonable to believe that the aqueduct served to furnish the property located on the site of the present day village, with water.
Related website: Not listed

When was it built?: Not listed

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