Near the confluence of the Marne and Suize Rivers in the Haute-Marne department is Chaumont. The French edition of Wikipedia says that Chaumont is not a particularly old city. It was merely founded in the 10th Century.
Today’s visitors to Chaumont are likely to see the basilique Saint Jean-Baptiste, a structure that dates from the 16th Century. The church is worth seeing but it is Chaumont’s more modern railroad viaduct that compels a visit.
Le viaduc de Chaumont, 654 meters long and 52 meters high, crosses the River Suize, a tributary to the Marne. The bridge allows trains to reach the town’s center. This impressive and photogenic sight was built in just fifteen months between 1855 and 1856. Twenty-five hundred workers labored day and night to complete the bridge. It is an effort that would impress even the Romans.
Nowadays Chaumont’s viaduct is well maintained. Visitors can walk across the river valley at the base of the structure. It is also possible to cross the Suize on the viaducts lower walkway. Le viaduc de Chaumont is worth visiting day or night as the structure and its walkway are well illuminated when the sun goes down. For a photographer, the viaduct’s leading lines and repetitive patterns are compelling. For a tourist the structure is worth a trip to see.