Valentre bridge (Cahors, France)

Christine Oakley

Caulfield North, Australia

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Dedicated to Marjolein Katsma who is a keen bridge-fancier ;-)

  • Featured in Your Country’s Best – May 2010

“Yes, I’ve got many rivers to cross
But I can’t seem to find my way over”
~ Many Rivers to Cross

Cahors is situated on the river Lot and surrounded by hills. The chief attraction here is the Valentre Bridge – a great example of 14th century architecture. There is a story behind the construction of the bridge which took a long time to complete. The story goes along the lines of this:

The architect of the bridge wanted to design an amazing bridge and so he made a deal with the devil to give over his soul once the bridge was completed. However, midway through construction, when one tower was yet to be completed, he had a change of heart and told the devil the deal was off. After that, everytime that they would take the bricks up to construct the tower the devil would throw them down, making the construction very slow.

One of the towers on the bridge even features a little devil sculpture clinging to the wall!

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