dimanche, octobre 08, 2006

210. The Pont-à-Pont

And now endly : the third bridge. At the entrance of Pont (or at the end of the town like here) going to Aulnoye-Aymeries, you have the main bridge of Pont-sur-Sambre (which means Bridge upon Sambre) , it is the Pont-à-Pont or bridge at Pont (-sur-Sambre).
However this bridge which is not a roman one, is the only on the roman way and it is to suppose there were here in the past a roman bridge or the people of the roman time went over the Sambre with boats. I think nobody asked himself the question until to-day.
A Jacob (James?) Way (Compostelle Way) was coming also here above the river. It is an old historic pilgrimage way to the town of Compostelle in Spain. It comes from Belgium near Brussel (Hélecine) and goes to St Quentin and Paris. Also was Pont-sur-Sambre in the past time an important place.
The bridge is typical for these cement bridges which were built in the twentieth centuries in the industrial era.
The other bridges of Pont-sur-Sambre :
2) The bridge of Bachant (near the town of Bachant).
Perle de Rosée
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