Pont Julien, Bonnieux

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The Pont Julien (French for Julian Bridge) is a Roman stone arch bridge over the Calavon river, in the south-east of France, dating from 3 BC. The supporting columns are notable for openings to allow floodwater to pass through.

It is located in the territory of the commune of Bonnieux, north of the village of the same name, and

8 km west of Apt. Originally, it was built on the Via Domitia, an important Roman road which connected Italy to the Roman territories in France. It was used for car traffic until 2005, when a replacement bridge was built to preserve it from wear and tear. This amounts to approximately 2000 years of uninterrupted use.

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  • We crossed this bridge almost at the end of our bike tour. Nice for passing by, but not worth for a detour.  more »
  • Awe inspiring! Spent a little time walking around and just taking it in. It was very quiet which for such an important part of history was a real treat. It’s a lovely spot to have a picnic and enjoy....  more »
  • An old Roman bridge. I was told that in former times much more water was in this river that’s why the bridge is much wider and higher than needed today in our time.
  • Pont Julien was built BC and closed in 2005, so lasted over 2000 years!!! How many construction bridges last over 2000 years of usage. Our Department of Transportation should take note of the Roman's building blocks!

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