Photographer's Note

October 26th, 2011
Saint-Jean-de-Fos 340267 34150
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.702 3.551 100 m

The calm before the rapids, Saint-Jean-de-Fos

One view.
Another view.

The course of the river Hérault after the PONT DU DIABLE, at Saint-Jean-de-Fos.

Photographs taken from the immediate surroundings of the Pont du Diable.

The PONT DU DIABLE was built about 1036 with expenses divided between the abbeys of Gellone and Aniane and was called until the 14th century "Pont sur le Gouffre Noir", "Bridge on the Black Pit" before taking the final name of "Pont du Diable", "Bridge of the Devil". The purpose of the work was to make communicate the two abbeys and to facilitate the way of the pilgrims towards St Jacques de Compostelle.
It is one of the oldest romanesques bridges of France, it is classified with the world inheritance of UNESCO.

In 1932, one built a new bridge and one closed the old one with circulation.

The legend of the Pont du Diable:
Every night, the Devil would undo the work carried out by the two abbeys of Aniane and gellone. So Guilhem, founder of the Abbey of Gellone, decided to make a pact with him. He promised that,if he stopped his destructive activities he would let him have the soul of the first creature to cross the bridge. But it was a trick; all he got for this pains was a poor dog with a pan tied to his tail. Mad with rage, the Devil tried to destroy the bridge but did not succeed.
In a spiteful fury he threw himself into the river.

In 1932, one built a new bridge and one closed the old one with circulation.

The HÉRAULT is a coastal river of south of France of 160 km length. It takes its source in the department of Gard, in the Solid mass of Aigoual to 1228 m of altitude. It is thrown in the Mediterranean in Agde in the department of Herault. It crosses a catchment area of 2900 km². Its very irregular flow is of 52 m3/s on average annual, but can reach 4000 m3/s at the time of strong risings. After having been a descending torrent of the important slopes, it slips and is boxed in a valley bored in limestones of causses, then is spread out a little in the coastal plain. Its very irregular course and sometimes very violent one is not easy to domesticate. One finds however there some old forgotten mills, built like fortresses to resist the fury of his spectacular risings. The Hérault Description.

Saint-Jean-de-Fos is a french commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 1517 Jeanfossois in 2009, divided on 14 km², that is to say 108.4 hab./km².

Saint-Jean-de-Fos visit

My images of Saint-Jean-de-Fos.
My images of the Hérault valley.

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