Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved

Ruined bridge at Avignon


April 1874




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This is a page from a sketchbook belonging to Robert Elwes (14"x 8" with a marbled cover). Dated 1874, the watercolours record scenes in southern France and Corsica. [Robert Elwes Marbled Sketchbook No. 5]

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Pont Saint-Bénézet, Boulevard de la Ligne, Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France


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The bridge spanned the Rhône between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. The first bridge was built between 1177 and 1185 but was destroyed during the siege of Avignon by Louis VIII of France in 1226. Beginning in 1234 the bridge was rebuilt. Only when rebuilt was the bridge constructed entirely in stone. The bridge fell into a state of disrepair during the 17th century. By 1644 the bridge was missing four arches, and a flood in 1669 swept away more of the structure. Since then, its surviving arches have successively collapsed or been demolished, and only four of the arches remain.