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Castellum Aquae, Nimes

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  • It is a little bit of an uphill walk and could have been hard to find without a map on the phone but definitely worth it for anyone interested in Roman engineering. There is not a huge amount to see....  more
    It is a little bit of an uphill walk and could have been hard to find without a map on the phone but definitely worth it for anyone interested in Roman engineering. There is not a huge amount to see....  more »
  • The Castellum Aquae is an important archaeological site. It is very small and very difficult to find (as it was for us!), but it also symbolises the ingenuity of ancient Roman engineering. This spot.....  more
    The Castellum Aquae is an important archaeological site. It is very small and very difficult to find (as it was for us!), but it also symbolises the ingenuity of ancient Roman engineering. This spot.....  more »
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  • The English translation: "Water Castle". Although it was known from the texts, it is a rare vestige of this type. Its function was to distribute water to the city. This water was supplied by a 50 km long aqueduct built in the middle of the 1st century A.D. (Augustan period). In times of drought, it guaranteed the security of the water supply and facilitated the evacuation of the city's wastewater. It is known to have been filled in during the construction of the citadel in 1688 and was not rediscovered until 1844 by a private individual who immediately set about uncovering it. There is no entrance fee, you can see it from the sidewalk.
  • Important place in the history of nimes, where the water of the aquaduct entered the city and was distributed by means of 10 lead pipes. The city is a bit out of the city centre and not properly signposted. Use google maps to find it! Top tip: close to the tower and the jardins fontaines, combine the visit!

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