Medieval Valentre Bridge in Cahors, France

Back in late Autumn of 1985, I was travelling through France to Spain. On my way to Spain, I passed through Cahors and had a glimpse of a medieval bridge across River Lot.

It was cold, I went out of the coach and quickly took a picture of this medieval bridge, without even knowing the name or exact location of the bridge.

It was early in the morning. There was a reflection of the bridge in the river but was obscured somewhat by a layer of mist floating just above the river.Scan10007

Only recently, I found out from Wikipedia the following information about the bridge:

The Pont Valentré (Occitan: Pont de Balandras; English: Valentré Bridge) is a 14th-century six-span fortified stone arch bridge crossing the Lot River to the west of Cahors, in France. It has become a symbol of the city. After the decision was made to build it on 30 April 1306, construction began on 17 June 1308.[1] It was built between 1308 and 1378 with six Gothic arches and three square towers.[2] It opened for use in 1350.[1] It was originally fortified at both ends, but the western tower has not survived.[3

A sepia of the same image is shown below for comparison.Scan10007A

I am happy to have found out more about this bridge. . .. . . a bridge I will remember from now on.