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Pont Julien

A photo stop in The Luberon. This one for Pont Julien a Roman bridge dating from 3 BC.

 

I went down the path to the river bed. The sand felt like beach sand to me - got in my sandles.

 

First went down to the river bed, then quickly went onto the bridge before we had to leave.

 

Apparently the coach used to go over this bridge, before the new modern one was built.

  

The Pont Julien (French for Julian Bridge) is a Roman stone arch bridge over the Calavon river in the south-east of France dating to 3 BC. It was located on the Via Domitia, an important Roman road.

 

It is located 5 km to the north of the village of Bonnieux and 8 km west of Apt. It is situated on the territory of the commune of Bonnieux.

 

The bridge's natural stones were cut to a precise fit, and were not cemented with any mortar.

 

The Calavon (French: le Calavon, also called le Coulon) is an 88.3 km (54.9 mi) long river in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Vaucluse départements, southeastern France. Its source is near Banon. It flows generally west-southwest. It is a right tributary of the Durance into which it flows at Caumont-sur-Durance, near Cavaillon.

 

The Julien Bridge

 

The Gallo-Roman bridge known as the "Pont Julien" is thought to take its name from the neighbouring Julia Apta colony set up by the Romans. The 68 metre-long construction over the river Calavon linked up the Milan-Arles route across the Alps. Three stonework arches rest on a couple of piers and abutments, and each supporting pier is pierced with openings to ease the flow of water in times of spate. It is without doubt one of the finest and best-preserved Gallo-Roman bridges to be found in the Narbonese Province.

 

From a tourist book I got in Roussillon about The Luberon

 

Onto the bridge - everyone else of my tour were heading back to the coach, so I took a few minutes to go onto the bridge.

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Taken on May 26, 2011