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The Pont Valentre, Cahors, Lot

The Pont Valentre over the River Lot at Cahors

The bridge was built in the early 14th century to defend Cahors from invasion from across the Lot River to the south. There was an earlier Roman bridge here, much smaller than this one. The Valentre Bridge was a garrison for the defending troops, complete with armoury, stores and kitchen. Pedestrians can walk across it, cars aren't allowed. Now that the Lot River is a provider of hydroelectric power and managed for flood control, it looks calm. When this was a garrison it must have been unnerving for the troops to look down from the towers on the raging river below.

The Pont Valentre from the Cahors side

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