Pont du Diable (Céret)

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Pont du Diable
Pont du Diable 2.JPG
Le Pont du Diable de Céret (The Devil's bridge of Céret)
Crosses Tech River
Locale Céret, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Design stone arch bridge
Longest span 45.45 metres (149.1 ft)
Clearance below 22.3 metres (73 ft)
Construction begin 1321
Construction end 1341
Coordinates 42°29′43″N 2°44′39″E / 42.49528°N 2.74417°E / 42.49528; 2.74417Coordinates: 42°29′43″N 2°44′39″E / 42.49528°N 2.74417°E / 42.49528; 2.74417

The Pont du Diable (English: Devil's bridge) or Pont Vieux (English: Old bridge) is a medieval stone arch bridge at Céret, France, built between 1321 and 1341. Spanning the river Tech with an imposing single arch of 45.45 m span length. The Pont du Diable featured at the time of its construction the world's largest bridge arch.

The apex of the Pont du Diable at its highest point above ground is 22.3 m. The bridge was partly modified in the 18th century.[vague]

Legend[edit]

The locals wanted a bridge to be built across the river and called upon the devil to build it for them. The devil agreed on the condition that he would claim the first soul to cross the bridge. Once the bridge was built the locals sent a cat across for the devil to claim its soul. Then for many years afterwards no person would cross, just in case - A legend common to many devil's bridges in France.

In arts[edit]

  • A scene from the film The Hunchback of André Hunebelle has been filmed there presenting the three swordsmen sent to Spain to kill Lagardère and the daughter of the Duke of Nevers.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Other very large medieval bridges

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