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Cahors (French pronunciation: [kaɔʁ]; Occitan: Caors [kaˈurs, ˈkɔws, ˈkɔw]) is the capital of the Lot department in south-western France.

Its site is dramatic being contained on three sides within an udder shaped twist in the river Lot known as a 'presqu'île' or peninsula. Today it is perhaps best known as the centre of the famous AOC 'black' wine known since the Middle Ages and exported via Bordeaux, long before that region had developed its own viticulture industry.

The Pont Valentré dont on ne voit ici que 2 des 3 tours,(Occitan: Pont de Balandras; English: Valentré Bridge) is a fourteenth century six-span fortified stone arch bridge crossing the Lot River to the west of Cahors, in France. It has become a symbol of the city.

After the decision was made to build it on 30 April 1306, construction began on 17 June 1308.[1] It was built between 1308 and 1378 with six Gothic arches and three square towers. It opened for use in 1350. Originally fortified at both ends, the western one has not survived.

A major restoration was performed from 1867 to 1879 by Paul Gout.

WS : other view with 3 towers.

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