We passed under this bridge just around dawn on the Grand Canal in Venice. If anyone knows the name of it I’d be most interested.
This bridge, built in the 13th C, spans the River Serchio in Tuscany at Borgo a Mozzano. It’s real name is the Ponte della Maddelena but it’s also known as the Ponte del Diavolo, one of several in Europe, all with a similar story …
The popular legend tells of a master mason who realized he was not going to be able to complete the bridge on time and in fear of the consequences he turned to the devil himself. Del Diavolo agreed to complete the bridge in one night in exchange for the spirit of the first to cross the bridge. The next day, the bridge was complete and the mason sent a pig to be the first to cross it. Thus the Devil was defeated and disappeared into the depths of the river.
This medieval bridge over the River Rance is in the village of Lehon, in Brittany, an important place in medieval times with its 12th C Abbey of Saint Magloire. Also over the Rance is this one in Dinan, a 1/2 hour walk along the river path. At the foot of this bridge is a great brasserie with host Jean Yves 🙂
The Pont-de-Menat in Auvergne in central France crosses riviere La Sioule …
Next is the Pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct near Nimes in southern France. Several years ago there was heavy flooding in this region of France and it washed out many bridges, but this bridge, built in the 1st C, withstood the deluge.
Below is one of France’s versions of the Ponte du Diable, built in the 14thC. It crosses the River Tech at Ceret in southern France.
In Devon this little bridge crosses the West Dart at Two Bridges, an isolated spot in the heart of Dartmoor. The Two Bridges hotel, an 18th C coaching inn ,is nearby.
The Fingle Bridge built in the 16th or 17th C crosses the Teign at Drewsteignton in Devon, England …”“… the ancient bridge, so narrow that only one cart at a time can pass over it, and the wayfarer caught thereby must retire into one of the triangular recesses … A sweet spot, though somewhat sad toward eventide, when the ‘cry’ of the river sound mournful on the darkening atmosphere” – John Lloyd Warden Page,1893, This shot of the Fingle Bridge shows the triangular recesses …
And, back to Venice … this is the Ponte San Pietro Martire in MuranoAnd this is a bridge on Sant-Elena …Ailsa’s travel theme is: Bridges
Related image: Bridge over calm waters