Photographer's Note

July 16th, 2010
Chtellerault 860066 86100
Vienne Poitou-Charentes
46.818 0.544 52 m

The Henri IV bridge, Chtellerault

The towers.
The bridge.

The Pont Henri IV of the 16th 17th centuries, built from 1565 to 1609, 400 years old, crosses Vienne river. It is classified historic building since 1913, and is the emblem of Chtellerault.

135 meters length, broad 22 meters, it comprises 9 spans of 9.85 m opening, on thick piles of 4.60 meters. His pier-heads and down-stream cutwaters, the shape of its arches, protect it from the devastators effects of the risings. It is framed by two round towers on left bank of Vienne river.

The ville of Chtellerault is quoted for the first time into 952 close to a ford. The bridges initially of wood at the 11th century, then out of stone at the 12th century, are continuously repaired according to wear, of the destruction of the Hundred Years' War, 1337-1453, and of the risings.
After the rising of 1556, It is Henri II, 1519-1559, which decides again launching of a project bridge stopped by its death in 1559, and continued by Catherine of Mdicis, 1519-1589, rules over of the king Charles IX, 1550-1574. The bridge is completed one year before the death of Henri IV, 1553-1610.

CHTELLERAULT is a french commune, located in the department of Vienne of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 34126 Chtelleraudais in 1999, distributed out of 52 km, that is to say 659 hab./km.

The commune is crossed by the VIENNE river and its junctions with CLAIN, Ozon.

Anor de Chtellerault, 1103-1130, duchess of Aquitaine, mother of Alinor of Aquitaine, 1122/1124-1204, was born in Chtellerault.

My images of Chatellerault.

My images of the Vienne river.
My images of the Clain river.

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