The Bugarach Roman Bridge

Probably built by the Romans, this magnificent bridge makes it possible to cross the gorges of the Blanque, a stream descending from the Pech de Bugarach.
Clinging to two limestone walls and overhanging natural basins where a waterfall flows, it is located on the Roman road linking Rennes-les-Bains and Bugarach and was built above the void.

It was built at the beginning of the gorges to allow an easier crossing when the river turns into a torrent and the sometimes large floods make fording dangerous or even impossible for herds or carts.


Destroyed in 1992, it was rebuilt the following year by eight Compagnons du Tour de France in collaboration with the villagers, faithfully reproducing the previous one, using 80 blocks of stone.

At the entrance to the bridge, an engraved stone plaque commemorates the reconstruction of the building and gives the names of the eight stonecutters who helped to restore the charm of the place and allow walkers to admire superb views of the Blanque gorges downstream from the bridge and the Pic de Bugarach upstream and to cross the river with dry feet.

There is a trail to get there (6 km, 2 hrs ½ walk there and back).

 

www.bugarach.fr

 

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