Graffiti at the Pont du Gard - Remoulins/France
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member KaPsTeam
N 43° 56.853 E 004° 32.115
31T E 623196 N 4867192
Quick Description: A feature of the Pont du Gard is the graffiti carved into the arch columns.
Location: Occitanie, France
Date Posted: 10/31/2014 7:58:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMMRXE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 2

Long Description:
The Pont du Gard has acquired a large amount of graffiti over its long life, starting with Roman workers who would carve the occasional phallus as a good luck totem.

Also for centuries France had a guild of highly respected stone, metal and wood workers known as the Compagnons du Tour de France. During the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries they visit respected architectural sites like the Pont du Gard for inspiration. After their visits they would carve their initials and symbols into the ancient monuments they visited. Sounds kind of rude by today’s standards, but believe it or not there is a whole field of historical study investigating nothing more than old graffiti at ancient sites. Apparently there’s a lot to be learned from these writings.
Type of Surface: Bridge

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