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September 19th, 2010
Vabres-l'Abbaye 120286 12400
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
43.944 2.837 311 m

The Pont Vieux, Vabres-l'Abbaye

One view.
Other view.

The Pont_ Vieux, old bridge, is a bridge of the 13th century, which crosses the DOURDOU river, in Southern Aveyron.

The color “rosy light” of photography is natural, and comes from the grounds rich in ferric clay. At the time of strong rains, the DOURDOU, also crossed in Vabres-l'Abbaye by the Pont Neuf, in english "new bridge", transfers with ocher, and colors also the TARN river.

_The DOURDOU, known as "Dourdou de Camarès", takes its source at 1050 meters of altitude, in the mounts of Carroux and Espinouze, in Castanet-le-Haut, in the department of Hérault, it passes in Aveyron, before throwing in the TARN, on its left bank, in Broquiès in the department of the Tarn, after a course of 87 km² and the crossing of a catchment area of 658 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 1.5 m³/s to a maximum flow of 650 m³/s.

_862, following a gift of Raymond 1st, Count of Toulouse, foundation of the Benedictine abbey of Vabres.
_1317, Jean XXII, second pope of Avignon, set up Vabres-l'Abbaye in DIOCESE of VABRES, removing parishes of the too vast diocese of Rodez, from where the construction of a cathedral in Vabres.

_The bishops of Vabres also used as refuge and residence in summer the CASTLE OF SAINT-IZAIRE of the 14th 16th 17th 19th centuries, listed in 1346, not very distant from Vabres-l'Abbaye.

VABRES-L'ABBAYE is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 1142 Vabrais in 2007, distributed out of 41 km², that is to say 28 hab./km².

The commune of Vabres-l'Abbaye is made up of many hamlets including three important hamlets of Rayssac, Salmanac and Segonzac.

My images of Vabres-l'Abbaye.
My images of Dourdou of Camarès valley.
My images of the Sorgues valley.

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