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Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux

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The first bridge over the Garonne River at Bordeaux, Pont de Pierre was planned and designed under the orders of Napoléon Bonaparte, though its construction took place during the Bourbon Restoration between 1819 and 1822. Notice that the bridge stands on 17 arches (coincidently the same number of letters in the name Napoléon Bonaparte). White medallions cap each side in honor of the emperor, alongside the city's coat of arms (three intertwined crescents). This was the only bridge in the area until the construction of Pont Saint-Jean in 1965. Using our international travel planner, Bordeaux attractions like Pont de Pierre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The history and background to this old bridge is quite interesting but also sad. Couldnt find the doors to the hollow tunnels. Beautifully lit up at night. 
    The history and background to this old bridge is quite interesting but also sad. Couldnt find the doors to the hollow tunnels. Beautifully lit up at night.  more »
  • Can't miss it. A beautiful bridge but you also have to cross it either by foot by bike or by tram. Just enjoy the atmospehere and not only during sunshine.... 
    Can't miss it. A beautiful bridge but you also have to cross it either by foot by bike or by tram. Just enjoy the atmospehere and not only during sunshine....  more »
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  • One of the best ways to really appreciate this bridge is from the water. Our smallish cruise boat had to wait for low tide to pass underneath the bridge and pay very close attention to the red/green lights for passage. There, you will find beautiful architecture from 19th century. Swim, float, paddle, use a boat, but don't miss this water view of the bridge.
  • This is one of Bordeaux’s most historic landmarks commissioned by Napoleon and finished after his death. It is beautiful day or night and lovely to walk across as the tide rushes in or out. The 17 arches are for the the letters in Napoleon’s full name. It’s popular with runners because the traffic is limited.

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