The three levels of arches are recessed, with the main piers in line one above another, and each level has a differing number of arches. The first level adjoins a road bridge that was added in the 18th century. The water conduit (specus), which is about 1.8m high and 1.2m wide, is carried at the top of the third level. It was constructed largely without the use of mortar or clamps. The walls of the conduit were constructed from dressed masonry and the floor from concrete. Both were covered with a stucco incorporating minute shards of pottery and tile. It was painted with olive oil and covered with maltha, a mixture of slaked lime, pork grease and the viscous juice of unripe figs, this producing a surface that was both smooth and durable.
About the stamp
The stamp is one of the two issued by France in 1974 for Europa Stamps, with the theme Sculptures:
• The Age of Bronze, by Auguste Rodin (0.50) - it's on the postcard
• Air, by Aristide Maillol (0.90)
Pont du Gard - Wikipedia
Sender: Sébastien C. (direct swap)
Sent from Bordeaux (Aquitaine / France), on 02.12.2013