The Pont de Pierre, also called the Pont Napoléon, was the first road bridge to allow the Bordelais to cross the Garonne, thereby connecting the city centre with the Bastide districts on the right bank. Started in December 1812, the Stone Bridge was inaugurated 10 years later, on May 1st 1822. Made up of 17 arches, legend makes a link with the number of letters that make up Napoleon Bonaparte's name – 17. The bridge also has the distinction of being hollow, allowing visitors to explore it from the interior.
The Pont Chaban-Delmas was put into service on March 18th, 2013 after three years of work, connecting the Quay de Bacalan with the Quay Brazza in the north of La Bastide, hence its original name, 'Pont Bacalan-Bastide'. Named after the former mayor of Bordeaux, the Pont 'Jacques Chaban-Delmas' has become the largest vertical lift bridge in Europe.
Pont de Pierre and Pont Chaban-Delmas
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