Thursday, October 16, 2008

France - Pont Vieux in Montauban 蒙托邦的老橋


Stamp Issue : 1980-05-17 

Old Bridge (Pont Vieux) spanning the River Tarn has seven arches is a remarkable bridge of the early 14th century. This bridge located in town of Montauban, in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwestern France.
King Philip the Fair of France officially launched the building of the bridge in 1303 while on a tour to Toulouse. The project took 30 years to complete, and the bridge was inaugurated in 1335. It is a pink brick structure over 205 meters in length, but while its fortified towers have disappeared, it is otherwise in good preservation.
The bridge is a straight level bridge, which is quite unusual for Medieval Europe, where lack of technological skills meant that most bridges were humpback bridges.


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