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The Pont du Gard (c.19 BC), Nîmes; 3 rows of piers with arches springing from them support the bridge.
The Arc de Triomphe, Paris, supported by 4 massive planar piers.

A pier, in architecture, is an upright support for a structure or superstructure such as an arch or bridge. Sections of structural walls between openings (bays) can function as piers.


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