Photographer's Note

May 6th, 2012
Avignon 840007 84000
Vaucluse Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
43.946 4.810 19 m

Chapels on a bridge, Avignon

One view.
Another view.

In Avignon, above the Rhone River, the gothic chapel Saint-Nicolas, is above the romanesque chapel Saint-Bénézet 12th century, 1184, on a pier of SAINT-BÉNÉZET BRIDGE, known as the pont d'Avignon.

It is probably on the site of a roman bridge, that was built from 1177 to 1185, according to legend at the initiative of Bénézet, 1165-1184, a wooden deck bridge with 22 arches for a length of 900 meters. Is is on one of the piles of stone that was built the CHAPELLE SAINT-BENEZET.
Destroyed in 1226, the bridge was immediately rebuilt with a higher stone deck. A SAINT-NICOLAS CHAPEL was built above the Saint-Benezet chapel, and enlarged in the 16th century.
The Rhone floods destroyed some arches in 1603, 1605, rebuilt about 1628 and again in 1633 and 1669, which caused the abandonment of the bridge.

The SAINT BENEZET BRIDGE, the Palais des Papes with its towers and ramparts, the Notre-Dame des Doms cathedral, are part of a group classified by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity.

Bridge history.

Pont d'Avignon virtual visit.

The famous nursery rhyme.

AVIGNON is a French commune located in the department of Vaucluse, of the area Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, populated of 89592 Avignonais in 2009, divided on 65 km², that is to say 1378 hab./km².

Avignon is located at the confluence of the Rhône river and Durance.

Avignon history.
Pont d'Avignon history.

My images of Avignon.

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