Pont des Lions, destroyed train bridge, ArlesPont des Lions, destroyed train bridge, Arles

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Just above the elbow formed by the Rhone river at Arles, discover the remains of an old bridge that once spanned the river...

My experience, Explo description: 

The bridge was built in 1868 to allow trains of the PLM company (Paris-Lyon Marseille) to link Arles to Lunel cross the Rhone river, which is already quite wide at this point. This line in particular was dedicated to dispatch the coal producted in the Cevennes mountains.

The bridge was destroyed on the 6th of August 1944, during a bombing.

All that remains of the bridge are its pillars and imposing sculptured lions.

Lion sculptures are the work of Pierre Louis Rouillard (1820 - 1881)

My personal recommendations: 

Going to the bridge of Lions is the opportunity of a pleasant walk along the docks. Once there, climbing the pillar offers a magnificent panorama of the city.

How getting there: 

Go to the Rhone river. The bridge is about 500m north from the city, on the banks of the river...

A tip to eat: 

In Arles.

A tip to sleep: 

In Arles!

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

15 minutes.

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Access security: 

Beware this strange guy who like to be on every pic... If you see him, run! ;-)