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The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, is a medieval bridge in Avignon, in southern France. Originally a wooden bridge spanning the Rhone, the bridge was rebuilt in stone beginning in 1234. It had 22 stone arches when completed. The bridge was abandoned in the mid-17th century because the arches collapsed during floods. Today, only four arches and the gatehouse on the Avignon end of the bridge survive.
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Originally a Romanesque basilica, Aarhus Cathedral was started in the last decades of the 12th Century, was partially destroyed by a fire in 1330, and enlarged into its present form as a Gothic cathedral between 1450 and 1520. The outer walls and the chapels along the eastern wall of the transept are the only surviving Romanesque elements. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Clement. It is the longest and tallest church in Denmark.
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Óbidos is a picturesque, medieval city in Portugal, with well-preserved examples of medieval architecture, including the crenelated wall that encircles the town. Visitors can walk the entire perimeter of the wall for wonderful views of the city and beyond, though the walkway is only for the sure-footed. It does not have a railing on the interior side and the stones can be uneven. Óbidos is a popular tourist destination so plan your visit with that in mind.
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This week’s WordPress challenge asks us to identify a favorite place to which we return when we can. Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, at Dutch Goes the Photo, also wants us to identify favorite places. I don’t have a specific favorite place I can select. I have moved around the US during my working career, and I don’t return to many of the places I visit when I travel. So I have selected some of my favorite buildings and monuments to which I would return if I could. Architecture does speak to me.
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Crenelated walls dominate the roof lines in medieval Avignon, France. View from the Pont d’Avignon.
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