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Thread #5731   Message #2019166
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
07-Apr-07 - 01:19 PM
Thread Name: French folk song - Sur le Pont d'Auvignon
Subject: RE: French folk song - Sur le Pont d'Auvignon
In Avignon, the bridge is known as Pont St Benezet, named for the shepherd who is supposed to have persuaded the town to build the first one. The first bridge was wood, succeeded by the stone bridge in the 12th c., the 4th arch of which was destryed in 1226. The bridge was surfaced in 1377 by order of Cardinal de Blandiac. Louis XIV ordered restoration (17th c.) but money for the project wasn't approved.

How much of the myths about dancing, etc., is believed depends upon one's credulity.