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Albi was a wealthy and prosperous trade city in the Middle Ages, thanks to its strategic crossroads position linking Cahors to the Mediterranean sea on one side, and Toulouse to Lyon on the other. The city minted its own currency, and the Pont-Vieux, built in 1040, only further stimulated its development. This bridge was made of 8 arches that spanned the Tarn over a length of 492 ft, but it was then too narrow for carts to cross it, so goods were transported on the backs of men or animals.

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