Pont du Diable, Hérault

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Pont du Diable

The Pont du Diable on the Hérault River is one of many bridges in France with this name (it means Devil's bridge). It is located over a steep-sided gorge, about 4 km north-west of Aniane in the Hérault département.[1]

Constructed by Benedictine monks in the first half of the 11th century, it provided a link between the abbey at Aniane and the Gellone Abbey at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Though subsequently widened and raised several metres around 1770, it has retained its original shape.[1] Vehicular traffic is now catered for by a newer bridge, from which splendid views may be had of the original bridge and an aqueduct that takes water to the vineyards of Saint-Jean-de-Fos.[2]

The bridge has been listed by the French Ministry of Culture as a monument historique since 1935[1] and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.[2]

There are two other bridges in Hérault known as "Pont du Diable", at Olargues and at Villemagne-l'Argentière.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Ministry of Culture: Pont sur l'Hérault, dit Pont du Diable (French)
  2. ^ a b Michelin: Green Guide Languedoc, Roussillon, Tarn Gorges (1998) p. 194
  3. ^ Devil's Bridge web site

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Coordinates: 43°42′27″N 3°33′27″E / 43.70750°N 3.55750°E / 43.70750; 3.55750