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Truly a classic: Pont du Gard

Looking up from the river bed.
Looking down from a viewpoint on a nearby path.

These could have been from anytime in the past two millennia.

The Pont du Gard is so old and classic, in the antiquities classic way, that I couldn’t resist giving a black and white conversion a try. If you’d like to compare, I posted it in color on my other web site: Real golden Arches: Pont du Gard.

I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (a.k.a., the GIMP) with the Nik plug in for the conversion. If you are interesting in using the GIMP for black and white I have a post about how to do it: Black and white digital photo processing using the GIMP.

Published for The Weekend in Black and White.

Arles Arches

Roman Arches

Of course there is the Roman Amphitheater:

Peek-a-boo view of the Amphitheater’s arches.

Inside the Amphitheater:

More arches in Arles

Down almost every alley

It is common to see a few arches when you look down a narrow alley. In places where there wasn’t room to put in a foundation the buildings support each other.

Where space is tight the buildings support each other.

The Mairie (town hall)

This town hall has a fascinating structure of partial arches carefully balanced. It’s held up for a very long time, the building was completed in 1676. You can read a bit about it here: The Vault of the Hôtel de Ville in Arles.

The town hall has partial arches carefully balanced.

Van Gogh’s arches

The garden of the former hospital building is maintained to look like van Gogh’s “Garden of the Hospital in Arles”.

Romanesque arches

The Church of St. Trophime is a lovely building with lots of arches, inside and out. If you are interested here is the Wikipedia article about it: Church of St. Trophime, Arles. The article includes a description of the fascinating sculptures around the portal.

The West Portal of the Church of St. Trophime.
A lovely little side niche in the Church of St. Trophime.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Curvy or Arches.