Pont d'Aël

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Pont d'Aël
01 Pont d'Aël, Aosta Valley, Italy. Bridge Arch.jpg
Coordinates 45°40′36″N 7°13′20″E / 45.676667°N 7.222309°E / 45.676667; 7.222309Coordinates: 45°40′36″N 7°13′20″E / 45.676667°N 7.222309°E / 45.676667; 7.222309
Carries Aqueduct to Augusta Prætoria Salassorum (Aosta)
Crosses Grand Eyvia
Locale Pont d'Aël, Aymavilles, Aosta Valley, Italy
Characteristics
Design Arch bridge
Material Stone
Total length 60.46 m
Width 2.26 m
Height 22.15 m
Longest span 14.24 m
Number of spans 1
Clearance below 66 m (from bridge deck to torrent)
History
Construction end 3 BC
Pont d'Aël is located in Italy
Pont d'Aël
Pont d'Aël
Location in Italy

The Pont d'Aël is a Roman aqueduct bridge in the village of the same name, in the comune of Aymavilles, in Aosta Valley, Italy. The bridge, constructed in 3 BC, carried water for the agricultural lands of the newly founded colony Augusta Prætoria Salassorum (today: Aosta) across a side valley, 66 m above the bottom. It belonged to a sophisticated, 6 km long aqueduct, running along the steep cliffs of the valley. The originally three-story structure featured a roofed control corridor; notably, it was privately financed. Today, the Pont d'Aël carries a hiking trail.

Besides the Pont d'Aël, two other Roman bridges in the Aosta valley are still intact: the Pont-Saint-Martin in the town of the same name and the Pont de Pierre in Aosta.

Bridge inscription[edit]

IMP CAESARE AVGVSTO XIII COS DESIG
C AVILLIVS C F CAIMVS PATAVINVS
PRIVATVM

Completed:

Imperatore Caesare Augusto XIII consule designato
Gaius Avillius Gaii filius Caimus Patavinus
privatum

Translated:

"When emperor Caesare Augustus was consul for the 13th time"
"Caius Avillius Caimus from Padova, son of Caius, [built this bridge]"
"using private funds"

Sources[edit]

  • Döring, Mathias (1997), "Die römische Wasserleitung von Pondel im Val d'Aosta/Italien. Bestandsaufnahme des Bauwerks aus dem Jahre 3 v. Chr.", Mitteilungen des Instituts für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft, Technische Universität Darmstadt 101 
  • Döring, Mathias (1998), "Die römische Wasserleitung von Pondel (Aostatal)", Antike Welt 29 (2): 127–134 

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