The Saint Bénezet bridge in Avignon

This bridge is mostly call the bridge of Avignon or “le pont d’Avignon“ refers to one of the most popular  French children song. The song is known worldwide, it is even taught in Chinese schools.

The Saint-Bénezet bridge has been built from 1177 to 1185, it crossed the Rhône river. A chapel for this saint it build between the arches.

The bridge linked the pontifical state to the French territory and was one of the rare bridges over the river between Lyon and the sea. And therefore a good way to raise taxes and tariffs, as numerous merchants and travelers came to the region.


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