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.
This is the fifth version of a bridge that was decided upon in 1852 by a local council that wished to lighten the load on the Pont-Neuf, which was constantly congested.
The first two suspension bridges were washed away by a succession of floods on the River Garonne, in 1855 and 1875. The next two, built in 1877 and 1931, gradually became more and more fragile until they were unfit for the growing amount of road traffic. This led to the construction of a fifth version, made of concrete and metal. Propped up on the ancient abutments and decorated with chandeliers that give it a 1900’s look, the bridge was opened in 1987. It connects the Saint-Cyprien quarter to the historic centre and, on the right bank, it leads out onto a square that has recently been redesigned by the renowned Catalan architect, Joan Busquets, within the framework of the Toulouse Centre project.