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Pont Valentre, Cahors

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Bridge Tourist Spot
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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  • Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a well-preserved medieval bridge originally constructed in the 14th century and restored in 1880, and Cahors’ most famous landmark. The bridge still...  more »
  • Beautifully restored, overlooking the Lot, has protected Cahors for so many centuries. One of the most beautiful XIV century bridge in . Must visit  more »
  • Very beautiful and charming bridge over the lot river. The bridge is part of the Camino de Santiago and deserve the visit when you are in Cahors.  more »
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  • One of the best and most beautiful bridges of France
  • 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.
  • Interesting, Iconic and very beautiful