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Roman aqueduct-bridge of Pont d'Ael

The tiny village of Pondel, quaint, but like so many others in the Valle d'Aosta, has two things to do, one is a butterfly that worldwide only flies there, polyommatus humedaseae, the other is one of the largest civil engineering projects built by the Romans in the Alps, and one of the best preserved Roman monuments in the Valle d'Aosta.
The work is impressive, especially for me that I suffer from vertigo: a bridge consists of a single stone arch, thrown from the banks of the stream that runs 52 meters lower. To be precise, what Pondel is a bridge-aqueduct, because it has within a covered walkway for people, dominated by what was the water channel.
No known the purpose of the construction of the bridge, which was private, perhaps related to an alleged mining in the valley of Cogne, perhaps the aqueduct bridge Pondel is simply a work irrigated. Another sees him tied to the exploitation of the marble quarries bardiglio Aymavilles: the aqueduct bridge was intended to stem the water needed to cut and process the marble blocks.
What is certain is that the bridge Pondel has more than two thousand years, as we know from the wall downstream "IMP Caesare AVGVSTO XIII COS DESIGC AVILLIVS CF CAIMVS PATAVINVS PRIVATVM" "At a time when the emperor Caesar Augustus was appointed consul for 13th Once, Caio Avillio Caimo Padua, son of Caius, (built this bridge) with private means. "

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16559 W: 130 N: 34205] (190607)
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