Interpretation trail about the stone of Vers-Pont-du-Gard

INTERPRETATION TRAIL ABOUT THE STONE OF VERS-PONT-DU-GARD

You may have noticed that the Pont du Gard is built of one specific material: a stone that can be found in local buildings as well. This very special rock came out of the earth close by in the village of Vers-Pont du Gard. In this commune, an interpretation trail lets you meander through history and nature and will help you understand our territory and the origins of the Pont du Gard. Discover an old Romanesque chapel, follow part of the Roman aqueduct, walk in the garrigue. Whether you are looking for an easy stroll or simply want to learn more about the stone quarry’s methods, this walk is for you.

Vers-Pont-du-Gard, historic village and mineral deposit

Located near the Pont du Gard and the Gorges du Gardon, the area around Vers-Pont-du-Gard has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The municipality still has traces of the Roman era. The stone quarries, whose exploitation contributed to the economic development of the village, were used to extract the rock that makes up the Pont du Gard. Significant traces of the past are to be found throughout the area and we will help you learn more about them. The chapel, church and outdoor wash house are a just a few historic elements that deserve to be preserved and admired.

The Interpretation Trail

 This interpretation trail of Vers-Pont-du-Gard stone allows you to discover the material used to build the famous Pont du Gard. Three easy-to-access routes will give you information on the stone, the quarries and the methods and know-how related to its extraction and exploitation.

“Yesterday’s Stone” (La Pierre d’hier) takes you to the old village of Vers-Pont-du-Gard.

“Today’s Stone” (La Pierre d’Aujourd’hui) brings you to the path of the quarries, where stone is still being extracted today.

A third route shows you the Link to the Pont du Gard (Liaison vers le Pont du Gard) where you can follow the remains of part of the aqueduct hidden not far from the major site of the bridge itself.