Friday, February 18, 2011

Pont Julien Bridge

We came across a bridge just like many other stone bridges we had seen but it was a little older and has a more prominent history.

Pont Julien situated in Provence France, over the Calavon River, is a limestone three arch Roman built span. It is said to be 2000 years old. In fact they had a 2000 year celebration in 1997. It was part of the Via Domintia roadway linking France and Rome. The road still exists to the east of the bridge and is a cyclist route now. The bridge is built of local limestone and it uses no mortar. It is just finely fitted stone. It closed to car traffic in 2005 after 2000 years of service. You can still walk or ride your bike across. It replaced an earlier and therefore older bridge and you can still see the location of this previous foundation.


Anonymous said...

So glad to see some new blogs...And I think the bridge is VERY interesting and the fact that you are on it! Will you include this on your bike trip? Ian loved it too and is impressed with Julia and Rhys' writing. Love to all...Mom

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