13 Apr 2012

Pont Saint Bénezet (Bridge of Avignon) France, (UNESCO)

The famous Bridge of Avignon in the south of France was built in 1171 til 1185 with an ogirinal length of 900 meters spanning the river Rhône. Floods and catastrophies damaged it often and parts of the bridge were reconstructed or rebuilt but in 1668 a flood swept away most of the structure. Of the once 22 arches only 4 are intact today.  On one of the arches the chapel of St Nicholas was built, the patron saint of the Rhône boatmen. The bridge is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Center of Avignon, inscribed in 1995.
The postcard was sent by Jean-Michel Ermide for the WiP UNESCO Swap.

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