Pont St-Bénezet

sights / Architecture

Pont St-Bénezet information

Location
Avignon , France
Address
bd du Rhône
Prices
adult/child 24hr ticket €5/4, with Palais des Papes €13.50/10.50
Opening hours
9am-8pm Jul, to 8.30pm Aug, shorter hours Sep-Jun
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Legend says Pastor Bénezet had three saintly visions urging him to build a bridge across the Rhône. Completed in 1185, the 900m-long bridge with 20 arches linked Avignon with Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It was rebuilt several times before all but four of its spans were washed away in the 1600s.

If you don't want to pay to visit the bridge, admire it for free from Rocher des Doms park or Pont Édouard Daladier or on Île de la Barthelasse's chemin des Berges.

Don't be surprised if you spot someone dancing: in France, the bridge is known as Pont d’Avignon after the nursery rhyme: 'Sur le pont d’Avignon/L’on y danse, l'on y danse…' (On Avignon Bridge, all are dancing…).