Pont de Pierre and Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas

Pont de Pierre and Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas

Of the seven bridges spanning the Garonne, a river that locals once thought indomitable, these two are among the city's most iconic structures.

The Pont de Pierre, also called the "Pont Napoléon" after the French Emperor who ordered it built, was the first road bridge to allow the Bordelais to cross the Garonne, thereby connecting the city centre with the Bastide districts on the right bank. Work began in December 1812, and the bridge was inaugurated ten years later on 1 May 1822. Contrary to popular belief, although this bridge does have 17 arches, it was not in homage to the 17 letters in Napoleon Bonaparte's name. However, it is a listed historical monument, and is also hollow: once a year during the European Heritage Days, visitors are given the chance to go inside.

A few kilometres further north, the Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas - the largest vertical lift bridge in Europe - was opened on 18 March 2013 after three years of work. It connects the Quai de Bacalan with the Quai de Brazza to the north of La Bastide, which it why it was originally known as the 'Pont Bacalan-Bastide'. However, a few weeks after the bridge was opened, local authorities decided to rename.it the ‘Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas' after a former mayor who served the city of Bordeaux for almost half a century.

Pont de Pierre and Pont Chaban-Delmas
33000 Bordeaux