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Pont Valentre, Cahors

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A symbol of Cahors, Pont Valentre is a 14th-century fortified stone arch bridge crossing the Lot River. The medieval construction includes six gothic arches and three square towers with turret. The western tower hasn't survived. This bridge is part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Legend has it that the bridge's architect could not finish his work, so he sold his soul to the devil. Look for the carved stone devil trying to tear off the bridge's cornerstone, but failing; his fingers are embedded in the seams between the stones. Make Pont Valentre part of your personalized Cahors itinerary using our Cahors family vacation planner.
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  • The bridge is absolutely superb and it gives a nice view with beautiful pictures to do. Don't be afraid of the devil, it is well hidden.
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  • Do not leave Cahors without having seen the Valentré bridge. Large parking to park nearby. A nice ride. You will cross from one bank to the other. Watch the three towers of the bridge. On the second tower, do not omit to discover the little devil carved in one of the corners under the roof. You can read the legend on the panels.
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  • This bridge is very pleasant to stroll on a sunny afternoon. This place is the link between the city of Cahors and nature.
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  • A really fabulous bridge. Great to see in the day and night. Cahors is a wonderful town this structure adds to that vibe.
  • The emblem of Cahor. Distinctive white stone mediaeval bridge. Key attraction in Cahor.
  • Such a huge edifice for its time, the Pont Valentre also has a fascinating legend about its completion. The architect sold his soul to the devil to complete it on time. Somehow the architect broke the agreement, and the demon preventing him from putting in the final blocks of the bridge. There is a bronze demon to commemorate the legend on the bridge. This bridge is the iconic symbol for Cahor's Malbec, the premiere red wine in medieval times. Dark like blood, it is also the official grape of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • This bridge is amazing. I've been in there in August two years ago! :)
  • Beautiful 14th century fortified bridge. Read the information posted on the signs around it for the history and look for the little devil perched on it