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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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  • After doing lovely boat ride on the Loire crossed this bridge to get to station great views of river and the city as you walk across 
    After doing lovely boat ride on the Loire crossed this bridge to get to station great views of river and the city as you walk across  more »
  • We stayed over the river, so walked over here a few times, also got the tram over most days. The bridge looks lovely at night. 
    We stayed over the river, so walked over here a few times, also got the tram over most days. The bridge looks lovely at night.  more »
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  • 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.
  • From french it's name measn Stone bridge. Despite that, the bridge is built mainly out of bricks and not stone. It has 17 arches (according to the legend the number of letters in the name 'Napoléon Bonaparte') who issued the construction to help his troops cross the river more quickly when going towards Spain. Connecting the left and right banks of the Garrone, this is the first bridge ever built in Bordeaux. It is used by tram, cars and pedestrians.

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