Lets Build a bridge
and get over it
In the Middle Ages, the Saint Bénézet bridge was part of one of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain. It fast became essential to the pontifical court in Avignon during the 14th century. From the 17th century on, the city could no longer bear the costs of the bridge’s maintenance and repairs. In 1603, following strong flooding of the Rhône, one arch collapsed, then three others in 1605. Repair work didn’t start until 1628, interrupted by an epidemic of plague. The bridge was not usable again until 1633. Two months later, two new arches were swept away by the Rhône.