Pont d'Avignon

Related Images

Ponte Vecchio, Firenze LE VIEUX PONT Pont Eiffel PONT D’ASNIÈRES Pont-Aven Pont d'arc Pont gavé Le pont suspendu Pont de Vaux PONT DE LEVALLOIS Pont-Aven Pont de Brooklyn Pont-Aven Pont d’Espagne Le pont Pont du Gard, France Pont Wilson over the bridges Marseille Pont du Duzon

License: Creative Commons - Attribution
Author: Jorge Láscar
The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, in southern France. A wooden bridge spanning the Rhône between Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and Avignon was built between 1177 and 1185. This early bridge was destroyed forty years later in 1226 during the Albigensian Crusade when Louis VIII of France laid siege to Avignon. Beginning in 1234 the bridge was rebuilt with 22 stone arches. The stone bridge was about 900 m (980 yd) in length and only 4.9 m (16 ft) in width, including the parapets at the sides. The bridge was abandoned in the mid-17th century as the arches tended to collapse each time the Rhône flooded making it very expensive to maintain. Four arches and the gatehouse at the Avignon end of the bridge have survived. The Chapel of Saint Nicholas which sits on the second pier of the bridge, was constructed in the second half of 12th century but has since been substantially altered. The western terminus, the Tour Philippe-le-Bel, is also preserved. The bridge was the inspiration for the song Sur le pont d'Avignon and is considered a landmark of the city. In 1995, the surviving arches of the bridge, together with the Palais des Papes and Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms were classified as a World Heritage Site [Wikipedia.org]


Select Image Size
Square 75X75 View Download
Large Square 150X150 View Download
Thumbnail 100X48 View Download
Small 240X116 View Download
Small 320 320X155 View Download
Small 400 400X194 View Download
Medium 500X242 View Download
Medium 640 640X310 View Download
Medium 800 800X388 View Download
Large 1024X497 View Download
Large 1600 1600X776 View Download
Large 2048 2048X993 View Download
X-Large 3K 3072X1490 View Download
X-Large 4K 4096X1987 View Download
X-Large 5K 5120X2483 View Download
X-Large 6K 6144X2980 View Download
Original 10497X5091 View Download