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Pont Julien, Bonnieux

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The Pont Julien is a Roman stone arch bridge over the Calavon river, in the south-east of France, dating from 3 BC. The supporting columns are notable for openings to allow floodwater to pass through.It is located in the territory of the commune of Bonnieux, north of the village of the same name, and 8 km west of Apt. Originally, it was built on the Via Domitia, an important Roman road which connected Italy to the Roman territories in France. It was used for car traffic until 2005, when a replacement bridge was built to preserve it from wear and tear. This amounts to approximately 2000 years of uninterrupted use.
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  • Superb well preserved bridge, one of the few resisted the sometimes devastating torrent of Calavon flowing quietly most of the time below. Very clean, well maintained, ideal to make a small break.
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  • The bridge is very well preserved, beautiful, a river flows below with white rocks. the place is very clean. You can walk by bike.
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  • Nice place and remains in very nice condition at that time Roman! Must stop and discover this curiosity near Bonnieux
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  • Very nice piece of Roman architecture. Well worth a stop for photo opportunity
  • Nice Roman bridge perfectly preserved. Worth a detour if you're driving or biking through the area.
  • It's Gallo-Roman...ancient...and still there after two millennia.
  • Old Roman bridge on the road from Rome to Madrid
  • Surprising that this bridge was still in use only 10 years ago (2005). It still looks in pristine condition. Although you can no longer drive over it, it is with a visit and three is free parking next to it for easy stopping.