Founded by Celtic tribes who invoked the god of the springs, the city of Nîmes grew under Roman influence and was named after the god Nemausus. Knowing that the city of Rome itself had 1000 baths at the height of its glory, it is easy to understand that the ancient springs in Nîmes, known as the Source de la Fontaine, would not suffice for the Romans. The Romans needed 20,000 cubic meters of water each day to serve the capital of the colony under Emperor Augustus. They found their way to the Eure spring, near Uzès, in the middle of the 1st century. Roman engineers built a succession of bridges and tunnels to connect the spring to Nîmes, creating an aqueduct running 50 kilometres through the countryside. 50 kilometres in length, for a gentle gradient of 17 meters! An engineering accomplishment which speaks volumes about the quality of the builders. Today there remains the famous Pont du Gard and its 49 arches, ranked as UNESCO World Heritage.
In a word, here in Gard county, let yourself go, drawn into 2000 years of history here in the cradle of Roman civilisation!

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