If you are new to Europe and visiting this area, get yourself to the Pont du Gard to see one of the world's impressive engineering accomplishments. It is the sister system to the west of Roman Gaul and the aqueduct system of which Barbegal is a part. Take your imagination with you when you travel to the village of Fontvieille where the mills used to be; otherwise you will not be able to envision the vastness of what was once...
I often take visitors here, have them climb atop the dual aqueducts and peer off towards the Alpilles Mountains and the sources of water, ask them to imagine tons of water moving faster and faster down towards Arles until it reached Barbegal. Then we turn west to the facing ridge and the creve cut into the rock where the waters were forced through and out towards a gigantic basin. Down the westward slope were the mills. The waters irrigated the basin crops which when harvested were crushed at the grinding wheels of the mills.
Go there, and let your mind imagine.
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