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Avignon Bridge - Pont Saint Benezet

OpenFrom 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
    Pets welcome, Shop, Guided tours
    The Saint Bénezet bridge, a major witness of the history of Avignon, is known throughout the world thanks to the famous song. Built from the 12th century, it was washed away several times by the floods of the Rhone, and finally abandoned in the seventeenth century. Classified World Heritage by UNESCO.
    According to the legend, the bridge was built in the 12th century by a young shepherd from Ardèche - Bénezet - who heard voices telling him to build a bridge in Avignon. The bridge was completed in 1185, creating the only place to cross the Rhône between Lyon and the Mediterranean sea. The bridge originally spanned approximately 900 meters and had 22 arches. It was dismantled in 1226, then rebuilt. It was later washed away several times by flood waters and rebuilt until it was abandoned in the 17th century. Today, all that remains are four arches and a chapel dedicated to Saint Nicolas. The bridge is famous the world over due to the lovely children's song "Sur le pont d’Avignon".
    The Pont d’Avignon was a true feat of engineering, and was continually being worked on and repaired. A source of legends, an emblematic monument of the area, the bridge has been the subject of unprecedented interdisciplinary research since 2010. Under the aegis of the greater Avignon area and the CNRS, a wide community of researchers has been conducting work. Their results have led to new museum areas and displays, and a multimedia approach which re-creates the bridge in 3D in the many settings that changed over the centuries.

    - Museum space "Le Pont retrouvé": exhibits and films on the scientific research work which enabled 5 CNRS laboratories to solve the enigmas of the Pont d’Avignon Saint Bénezet. Research results have led to a spectacular total immersion 3D presentation that takes you across the bridge in its setting as it was in 1550.

    - Multimedia tactile tablets in French and English: Super fun way to learn the eventful history of the bridge with interactive multimedia films, images,commentary, quizzes and perspectives on the bridge at different eras. Tariff : 2€.

    - Multi-media display and audioguide with new descriptions resulting from the scientific research on the legends and history of the bridge.


    . 18 May to 311 May, due to the work underway on making the bridge accessible to all, special low price of 4€ for all.

    . Usual ticket price: 5€; discount ticket 4€; Schools: 3.50 €, free for accompanying parties with groups of 10 students.
    Palace/Bridge or Bridge/Palace combi-ticket: 14.50€.

    Multimedia apps can be downloaded on smart phone ou tablets (AppStore / Google Play)
    on the sites-papes www.palais-des.com / www.grandavignon.fr
    or at the reception desk at Pont d’Avignon via a specific terminal.
    (Subject to change).

    Open every day all year long. Last tickets sold one-half hour before the bridge closes.
    - 1 September to 1 November: 9am to 7pm / 2 November to 28 February: 9:30am - 5:45pm
    - March: 9am to 6:30pm / 1 April to 30 June: 9am - 7pm
    - July: 9am to 8pm / 24th of July, festival of electronic music : We apologize for any inconvenience that might disturb your visit
    - August: 9am - 8:30pm
    Subject to change.

    ContactBoulevard de la Ligne,84000 Avignon