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The Ambroix bridge

The Ambroix bridge by Cedric Sabatier
The Ambroix bridge by Cedric Sabatier

 

 

This impressive work of engineering which allowed the Via Domitia to cross the Vidourle river is thought to have had 11 arches and to have been over 175 metres long.

 

Bridging the centuries:

In the Middle Ages, one could still cross the bridge. A church and a monastery were sited nearby, placing travellers under divine protection. In 1367, crossing the bridge with heavy loads was prohibited. A few years later the stones of the ramparts began to be taken for use in nearby building work.

The flooding of the river, known as 'Vidourlades', was partly responsible for its demolition:

  • On November 18th 1745 the vidourlade carried off the arch on the left bank leaving only two central arches completely separated from the riverbanks.
  • On September 27th, 1933, the last but one arch of the bridge collapsed.

 

 

The bridge, a work that arouses fascination:

The Ambroix bridge by G. Courbet (Fabre Museum Montpellier)
The Ambroix bridge by G. Courbet (Fabre Museum Montpellier)
The bridge has fascinated archaeologists, architects, designers and painters. Its first known depiction is by Anne de Rulman, a lawyer from Nîmes and dates from 1620. In that, the bridge boasts four arches but by 1740, according to a survey of ruins commissioned by  the Marquis d'Aubais, it had no more than three. Nineteenth century representations of the bridge are numerous, the most well-known being Gustave Courbet's painting of 1857 which is kept at the Fabre museum in Montpellier.

 

 

Old photography with two arches
Old photography with two arches

 

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