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Heritage Walks - banks of the Garonne

The itinerary suggested offers the most beautiful views of the city and its river. Eighteen remarkable monuments are detailed here so that visitors can discover and arrive at a better understanding of the identity of Toulouse.


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Pont Saint-Michel
Pont Saint-Michel
31400 Toulouse
France

Built in 1844 to lighten the load on the heavily used Pont-Neuf , it links the Saint-Michel and Fer-à-Cheval quarters.

The current bridge is actually the third to be built on this site. Washed away by the flood of 1875, the first bridge, which was a suspension toll bridge, was replaced by an arch bridge with metal deck. This was, however, too narrow and was later demolished in 1954 and replaced by the current structure. Coming into service in 1961 and built of concrete, this latest bridge met the city’s traffic needs first and foremost. Since 2010 it is used by the T1 and T2 tramway lines, which completed Toulouse’s public transport network. By bike or on foot, it provides one of the most beautiful views of the historic city and the île du Ramier.

Patrice Nin

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