The Ponts Couverts are a set of three bridges and four towers that make up a defensive work erected in the 13th century on the River Ill in the city of Strasbourg in France. The three bridges cross the four river channels of the River Ill that flow through Strasbourg's historic Petite France quarter. The Ponts Couverts have been classified as a Monument historique since 1928.

Construction of the Ponts Couverts commenced in 1230, and they were opened in 1250. As a defensive mechanism, they were superseded by the Barrage Vauban, just upstream, in 1690, but remained in use as bridges. As built, each of the bridges was covered by a wooden roof that served to protect the defenders who would have been stationed on them in time of war. These roofs were removed in 1784, but name Ponts Couverts (covered bridges) has remained in common use ever since.

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Founded: 1230
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Okky Widhayani (12 months ago)
Beautiful went there early autumn
Taoufik ZN (20 months ago)
Amazing views and canals. Compared to Amsterdam this is way better.
Xiu Ms (21 months ago)
Nothing special. Lots of pigeons there, my son loves it
Julia Wolter (2 years ago)
Lovely on a sunny day. Strasbourg is beautiful.
Johnny Z. (2 years ago)
Translates to “covered bridges” but the actual covered bridge is directly across called the Barrage Vauban. Perhaps at one point these bridges were covered but definitely not anymore. It’s a scenic area surrounded by water and large towers that once defended the city back in the 13th century. It would be neat to go up the towers and get a better vantage point of the Petite France quarter; however, the towers are off limits and inaccessible. It’s worth coming here at night when the reflection of the water makes for a gorgeous photo.
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