Cahors, Lot (46), Occitanie, France
|Coordinates:||44° 26' 42.36" N 1° 25' 54.01" E|
|total length||138 m|
|tower height||40 m|
|span lengths||6 × 16.50 m|
|30 April 1306||
Decision made to build the bridge
|17 June 1308||
Maître G. de Sabanac, first consul, lays the first stone.
Bridge enters use.
All works finished after 1380.
|1867 — 1879||
Careful reparation and reconstruction.
The following legend is told about the bridge: Due to slow progress in construction, the master builder made a pact with the devil who was supposed to help him. As he wanted to save his soul, he made a bet with the devil just before completion to bring him water for the last batch of mortar in a large sieve. The devil of course was unable to provide the water in the sieve and lost the bet. In revenge, the devil broke a stone from a corner of the center tower every night that had to replaced the following day every time.
Architect Paul Gout, in charge of the restoration of the bridge was told about this legend which the locals used to explain the missing stone in the tower. The architect asked sculptor C. A. Calmon to make a stone sculpture of the devil pulling a stone out of the wall. That sculpture was then placed where the stone was missing. Since then the bridge is also called the "Devil's Bridge" or the tower is called "Satan's Tower".
- Paul Gout (architect)
Relevant Web Sites
- Bridges that Changed the World. Prestel, Munich (Germany), pp. 36-37. (2002):
- Brücken / Bridges. Ästhetik und Gestaltung / Aesthetics and Design. 4th edition, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart (Germany), pp. 72-73. (1994):
- Brücken, die die Welt verbinden. Prestel, Munich (Germany), pp. 36-37. (2002):
- Cahors, le pont Valentré. Presented at: Congrès archéologique de France, 147ème session, Quercy, 1989, pp. 99-108. (1989):
- Cahors. Le pont Valentré. Presented at: Congrès archéologique de France, 100ème session, 1937. Figeac, Cahors, Rodez, pp. 270-276. :
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