Pont d'Arc

Coordinates: 44°22′55″N 4°25′00″E / 44.38194°N 4.41667°E / 44.38194; 4.41667
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The Pont d'Arc

The Pont d'Arc (French pont = bridge) is a large natural bridge, located in the Ardèche département in the south of France, 5 km from the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.[1]

The arch, formed when the river Ardèche broke through a narrow escarpment between its meander, is 59 metres (194 ft) wide and 34 m (112 ft) high at the top of the opening.[2] It is a very popular canoeing and kayaking area and is heavily visited by tourists. It is usually described as the natural entrance to the Ardèche Canyon.[2]

In the near vicinity of the arch is the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, containing one of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings, about 30,000 years old (featured in the 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams by film director Werner Herzog).


  1. ^ Duckeck, Jochen. "Caves of France: Pont d'Arc". www.showcaves.com. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ a b Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 299. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.

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44°22′55″N 4°25′00″E / 44.38194°N 4.41667°E / 44.38194; 4.41667