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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Saint-Bénézet aka Pont d'Avignon Bridge attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year. rnOf the bridge itself, there only remains the four famous arches and the Philippe le Bel tower on the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon side, and of course, the famous song known around the world. rnIn the Middle Ages, the Saint Bénézet bridge was part of one of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain. It would become essential to the pontifical court, which settled in Avignon in the 14th century. Then, the cardinals moved to Villeneuve to escape the pollution of Avignon, at the time described by the poet Petrarch as the "most foul and stinking city on Earth".rnThe bridge was at that time the most direct link between the many residences that the cardinals had had built, and the Popes' Palace situated inside Avignon's city walls.rnrnPartial quote: http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/en/monuments/bridge-avig

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