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January 6, 2019

France: Tournon-sur-Rhone, Pont Grand

Pont Grand

In the summer of 2018 we happened by chance upon Pont Grand. Pont Grand is one of the oldest very large medieval bridges in Europe, as we traveled from Tournon-sur-Rhone to the station for the Train de l’Ardèche, a historic steam train that runs along the River Doux.

As we drove across the bridge to the station we couldn’t help but notice that it seemed both impressive in size and also seemed quite old. Indeed, Pont Grand spans 161 feet and it was built between 1379 and 1583. Amazingly the bridge routinely handles today’s modern vehicular traffic.

We might well have made a detour to see Pont Grand if we knew the bridge was there. But we didn’t and it was for us a chance discovery. It’s just a reminder that there’s plenty to see along the road less traveled.


This visit to Pont Grand occurred in May of 2018.

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