Pont Valentré

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Pont Valentré information

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The six-span Pont Valentré, on the western side of the city, south of the train station, is one of France's most iconic medieval bridges, built as part of the town's defences in the 14th century. The parapets projecting from two of its three tall towers were designed to allow defenders to drop missiles on attackers below. On the bank opposite the bridge, numerous Roman coins have been found at the natural spring known as the Fontaine des Chartreux – dedicated to the city's Gallo-Roman goddess Divona – which still supplies the city's drinking water.