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 Bridges photo pontjulien097ss.jpg (5 k) Provence is full of lovely old stone bridges. Many are Roman, and often still in use some 2000 years after they were built. Many Provencal bridges are "newer", dating from Medieval time and only a few hundred years old. The Roman Pont Julien (photo, left) was open to normal road traffic until very recently; now it's reserved for a major cycling trail and hikers.

• Besse-sur-Issole Bridge (Besse-sur-Issole) - A small humpback stone Medieval bridge, at the edge Besse-sur-Issole village.

• Châtelet Bridge [n15] - The Pont du Chatelet is a 19th-century bridge with a single 18-m arch acros a narrow gorge of the Ubaye, impressive because of the 108-m height.

• Comps-sur-Artuby Bridge (Comps-sur-Artuby)

• Flayosc Roman Bridge (Flayosc)

• Ganagobie Roman Bridge (Ganagobie)

Malpasset Dam (Barrage de Malpasset) [area map]

Les Plaines Roman Bridge (Pont Romain des Plaines) [r14, NE] - A small twin-arched stone Roman bridge on the plains of the Var departement, crossing a small stream that divides a land of solid rock and wide, green vineyards.

• Pont des Cammaous (Vacquieres)

• Pont du Coq (La Brigue)

Pont du Gard [area map] - The Pont du Gard is a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley, about 25 km west of Avignon. Built over 2000 years ago, in 19 BC, by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus.

Pont Julien (Pont Julien) [area map] - A lovely three-arched, stone Roman bridge crossing a small stream west of the town of Apt.

• Reine Jeanne Bridge (Salignac) - A narrow, 14th-century stone humpback bridge, in the woods near the village of Salignac.

Roquefavour Aqueduct [area map] - The Roquefavour Aqueduct is a beautiful 19th-century 3-tier stone aqueduct across the Arc river about 10 km west of Aix-en-Provence. Roquefavour, the world's highest stone aqueduct, was built in the style of the Roman Pont de Gard aqueduct as part of the Canal de Marseille.

• Sommières Roman Bridge (Sommieres)

• Sospel Bridge (Sospel)

La Verrerie Basse Bridge (Pont Basse Verrerie) [area map] - A long double-arched 15th century stone bridge isolated in the woods at the edge of a large field, near the road leading south to Saint Tropez.

Vins-sur-Caramy Bridge [Vins-sur-Caramy Area Map] - A long stone bridge with three wide arches, built in the 14th century but called locally the "Pont Romain".