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Since it's winter in the northern hemisphere, I've posted this photo taken two days before Christmas, two years ago. It's a fairly close shot of the Pont-Neuf across the Garonne River in Toulouse, looking to the west.

Below, I've copied and pasted some information about the bridge from
my 2011 photo of the same bridge:

Built of bricks and stone, the construction took from 1544 to 1632, although the bridge was not inaugurated until 16 October, 1659, in the reign of King Louis XIV. The laying of the foundations took many years, and the first arch was not commenced until 1614. I presume it was the one nearest to the camera, since this is the side of the old city itself. Interestingly, the bridge is not symmetrical, and the highest point occurs above the third arch of the seven, rather than above the middle arch, as can be clearly seen in my photo. This arch is the largest of them, with a span of 30 metres.

Today, the Pont Neuf is still perhaps Toulouse's most renowned historic structure, and used daily by thousands of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

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