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Le Pont d'Avignon

The Pont Saint-Bénezet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, Southern France.


The bridge originally spanned the Rhône River between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It was built between 1171 and 1185, with an original length of some 900m, but it suffered frequent collapses during floods and had to be reconstructed several times.


The bridge was finally put out of use by a catastrophic flood in 1668, which swept away much of the structure. It was subsequently abandoned and no more attempts were made to repair it. Since then, its surviving arches have successively collapsed or been demolished, and only four of the initial twenty-two arches remain intact today.

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Taken on October 23, 2010