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Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux

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Bridge Landmark
The first bridge over the Garonne River at Bordeaux, Pont de Pierre was planned and designed under the orders of Napoléon Bonaparte, though its construction took place during the Bourbon Restoration between 1819 and 1822. Notice that the bridge stands on 17 arches (coincidently the same number of letters in the name Napoléon Bonaparte). White medallions cap each side in honor of the emperor, alongside the city's coat of arms (three intertwined crescents). This was the only bridge in the area until the construction of Pont Saint-Jean in 1965. Put Pont de Pierre on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bordeaux holiday planner.
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  • Beautiful bridge commissioned by Napoleon to avoid his troops to cross the River on boats. It was built in the year 1800... and completed after his defeat. The legend says there are as many arches the name of Napoleon Bonaparte... but I don't know if it is founded or not. It is beautiful to look at from the banks or cross at sunset with the XVIII facades at the back of postcard. One more, if you go through an association, you are a group, order a guided tour of the underside of the bridge. Small rooms, vaults... strange. Of course you cross from the inside because there are a lot of cables and others. Pieces of A380 regularly under its arches carried on a barge and it's a perilous manoeuvre watching closely.
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  • Bridge very well preserved by which circulates good part of the private transit and service public that they unite the two margins of the Garonne. In perfect condition and with a very interesting story about its construction ordered by Napoleon. Must-see and photos to make without a doubt.
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  • We enjoyed walking across the stone bridge. The water level changed as apparently the river is a tidal river.  more »
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  • Beautiful bridge and a real focal point of Bordeaux. Great to see the sunset from it. Allegedly the 17 arches were intended to spell napoleon's full name!
  • A very beautiful bridge part of the Bordeaux history ! Nice site to see, especially at night :)
  • Historic, romantic location. Bring lunch and a bottle of wine.
  • Beautiful Bridge, very romantic feels to it, unfortunately the color of the water is no longer blue but still a great tourist attraction
  • What else you can ask for a bridge? Thé emblematic view of Bordeaux! You can cross walking, bike, car and Tram. One of thé bridges that connect Bordeaux Rivière droit et gauche :)

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Where to stay in Bordeaux

Most hotels in Bordeaux sit conveniently located a stone's throw away from the train station. Look to Quinconces Square and Gambetta Square for high-end hotels. Those who prefer more budget-friendly accommodations may want to seek out a youth hostel--a relatively recent addition to the city. To secure a spot here, make sure to book ahead of time. In addition to hotels and hostels, choose from guest rooms in a typical Bordeaux house, or a family-friendly beachside campsite.
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