The Amazing Pont d’Avignon on the Rhone River in France

The bridge over the River Rhône at Avignon (ph...

The bridge over the River Rhône at Avignon (photograph taken from the island of Barthelasse) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The St. Benezet Bridge  is also known as the Pont d’Avignon. This famous 12th century bridge is located in Avignon France. The bridge originally spanned 2,950 feet across the Rhône River. The bridge is historically significant because in was an important strategic river crossing. The bridge collapsed frequently and was reconstructed multiple times. Today, only 4 of the original 22 arches remain.

According to legend, the history of the St. Benezet Bridge centers around a local shepherd boy of the same name who was told by an angel to construct the bridge. He proved his divine inspiration to the town and wealthy benefactors by lifting a large stone block. The bridge also served as a place of worship for Rhône boatmen until it became so unsteady it was deemed dangerous.

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