Postcard Bordeaux – Pont de Pierre
The Pont de Pierre, or Pont de Bordeaux, is a stone bridge located in Bordeaux, a city in the southwestern part of France, in the Gironde department. It crosses the Garonne River, linking the city centre of Bordeaux to the right bank of the river. It is one of the main symbols of the city, with its 19 stone arches, its length of 987 metres and its two levels of lanes for cars and pedestrians.
The Pont de Pierre was built between 1810 and 1822 by Napoleon Bonaparte’s engineer, Jean-Baptiste Billaud-Varenne, to replace an old wooden bridge that had become too small for the city’s growing needs. It was built using stones extracted from local quarries, and is considered an outstanding example of neoclassical architecture.
The Pont de Pierre is a must-see for visitors to Bordeaux, offering stunning views of the city and the Garonne. It is also a popular place for walking and leisure activities, with restaurants and cafes nearby. It is also possible to take a cruise on the Garonne from the bridge to see the city from a different perspective.
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