The Pont du Diable on the Hérault River is one of many bridges in France with this name (it means Devil's bridge). Constructed by Benedictine monks in the first half of the 11th century, it provided a link between the abbey at Aniane and the Gellone Abbey at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Though subsequently widened and raised several metres around 1770, it has retained its original shape. Vehicular traffic is now catered for by a newer bridge, from which splendid views may be had of the original bridge and an aqueduct that takes water to the vineyards of Saint-Jean-de-Fos.

The bridge has been listed by the French Ministry of Culture as a monument historique since 1935 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Darius Wisniewski (6 months ago)
Nicely organised visiting attraction with a small beach where you can swim. It must be a great experience to see it in a rainy season but when the water level is low its just not spectacular. It is a fantastic example of great medieval engineering that is why I give 3 stars.
Radim Poledne (8 months ago)
Honestly the best place to go in summer. When you need a break from all the salt water come to this place it's amazing
Tim Riley (8 months ago)
Spectacular views over the gorge. There is a lido nearby if you wish to stay for the day and cool down in the crystal clear waters.
Jos Berkien (2 years ago)
Great location with a beautiful old bridge and a nice lake for swimming and canoeing. From the lake you can swim or canoe under the bridge onto the river which cuts trough the mountains. Some free diving sections are there as well.
Alison Cowpe (2 years ago)
Dramatic gauge. But busy with schoolchildren.
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