Fodor's Expert Review Pont St-Bénézet

Avignon Bridge

Unlike the London Bridge, this other subject of a childhood song (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) stretches its arches only partway across the river. After generations of war and flooding, only half the pont (bridge) remained by the 17th century. Its first stones allegedly laid with the miraculous strength granted St-Bénezet in the 12th century, it once reached all the way to Villeneuve. It's a bit narrow for dancing "tous en rond" (round and round), though the traditional place for dance and play was under the arches. You can climb along its high platform for broad views of the Old Town ramparts. The ticket price includes an audio guide or tablet, and the latter (for which you'll need to show your passport or drivers' license) illustrates how the bridge appeared in medieval times.

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Port du Rhône
Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  84000, France

04–32–74–32–74

www.avignon-tourisme.com

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Rate Includes: €5

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