Pont d'Aël

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Pont d'Aël
01 Pont d'Aël, Aosta Valley, Italy. Bridge Arch.jpg
Carries Aqueduct to Augusta Prætoria Salassorum (Aosta)
Crosses Grand Eyvia
Locale Pont d'Aël, Aymavilles, Aosta Valley, Italy
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)
Construction end 3 BC
Pont d'Aël is located in Italy
Pont d'Aël
Pont d'Aël

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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External links[edit]

Media related to Pont d'Aël at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 45°40′36″N 7°13′20″E / 45.676667°N 7.222309°E / 45.676667; 7.222309