A bridge generally has no end, but the Pont d’Avignon – Saint Bénezet – has an end. Unlike other bridges that provide a crossing, meeting with roads or paths from start to finish. The Pont d’Avignon ends, creating somewhat of an edge to Avignon and her peak of life in history.
Avignon’s official tourism site explains the bridges history and how it came to stand today with its edge halfway across the Rhône.
Excerpt: According to the legend, the bridge was built in the 12th century by a young shepherd from Ardèche – Bénezet – who heard voices telling him to build a bridge in Avignon. The bridge was completed in 1185, creating the only place to cross the Rhône between Lyon and the Mediterranean sea. The bridge originally spanned approximately 900 meters and had 22 arches. It was dismantled in 1226, then rebuilt. It was later washed away several times by flood waters and rebuilt until it was abandoned in the 17th century. Today, all that remains are four arches and a chapel dedicated to Saint Nicolas. The bridge is famous the world over due to the lovely children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”.
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