Le Pont Vieux, Carcassonne
This 14th century bridge links the Bastide with La Cite, although it no longer carries traffic. It's extremely long, due to variations in the river bed (apparently) and has many passing places for pedestrians to avoid what must have been an almost constant stream of carts. It also provides an excellent view of La Cite.
The Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) is thus named for good reason, it has been around since the 1300's. Naturally, it has been updated and re-strengthened and changed some over the years. Its 13 stone arches span the river Aude and unite the bastide St Louis with the Cite.
This is by far one of the best places to photograph the castle from! Though it got crowded with people angling for the best shot everyone pretty much got their chance.
Walking along the old bridge of Carcassonne is really a nice experience. It dates from the 14th century, but today the bridge serves a totally different role as in those times. Now it is just as a romantic pedestrian area for a nice walk.
A first glance it just seemed out of place. If you look from the Pont Vieux you will see a large construction that looks like a man with his hands up. During the daytime it just looks odd.
However, at night it is all lit up and it sort of looks like a giant man that is reaching out from the river. I didn't have a camera with me at night so I wasn't able to take a photo.
Does anyone know more details about this structure?
The old bridge of Carcassonne really contributes to the fairy-tale atmosphere of this unique Medieval city.
It dates from the 14th century; just imagine if this bridge could tell a story about the events it has witnessed during the long time it was the only way to cross between the two parts of Carcassonne. Nowadays the bridge serves as a romantic pedestrian area for a nice walk.