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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • An exceptional and unusual place in the batch! A historical place which recalls the historical foundations of Cahors
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  • Worth a page history since the middle age only entry of Cahors in these times. Quiet and beautiful pedestrian
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  • A splendour! An admirable job! And rare! Bridges like the one above does not run the streets! But station should not be confused with the bridge that serves as a coat of arms for the city of cahors... That is not the same! That of the coat of arms no longer exists. Is this wonder to discover! And its legend of course! This isn't even when all the days that you meet the devil in person ;-)
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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