Vauban, the official engineer
of Louis XIV, would construct his first domestic project,
an ambitious aqueduct to feed water from the Eure river
to the fountains of Versailles. It began in 1684 and
ended in 1688, when a new war commenced. The project
was abandoned because of the decease and shortage of
money. It was originally meant to have three tiers instead
of one. 47 arches, standing some 28 meters high had
been built. Many of these have been destroyed since
then (stones are to be found in houses and even in a
castle built by Louis XV for his mistress). Drawings
of the original aqueduct are still to be seen inside
the Château de Maintenon today.
More information, in French, on
this aqueduct is to be found at Tchorski
and the townhall ( Mairie
Please find herewith some pictures taken in August 2008
and a wonderful picture taken from the air with the
castle as a background.
Water of the canal of Marseille
(Durance) flows over the aqueduct of Roquefavour. The
city of Marseille gave the order to built the aqueduct in
1834 to withstand deadly droughts.
Frantz Mayor de Montricher
realised this magnificent construction, inspired by
the Pont du Gard, between 1842 and 1847. It is the
biggest stone aqueduct in the world.
levels with arches, 400 m long and 83 m high.
level huge plane trees can be seen.