St Benezet's Bridge

I don't know if foreigners have ever heard of it, but in France, everybody learns in primary school the song "Sous le Pont d"Avignon, on y danse, on y danse" (on the bridge of Avignon, one dances round and round...)

I don’t know if foreigners have ever heard of it, but in France, everybody learns in primary school the song “Sous le Pont d”Avignon, on y danse, on y danse" (on the bridge of Avignon, one dances round and round…)
Erected in the 12th century, the St Benezet’s bridge is the most ancient bridge built on the river Rhône between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea.

Partly destroyed in 1226, it was rebuilt. There were 22 arches. But in 17th century, the Rhône in spate ruined it again. Only 4 arches now remain. When the sun is setting, the view on the Barthelasse Island is worth seeing.
If you want to learn more about it:

http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/avignon-tourism/monuments/avignon-bridge.htm

Visiting it costs 4€.

written by azurblue on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #bridge #blue-sky #architecture #water

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