France: Toulouse, Pont Neuf By Derek Anderson, Joel Anderson, 2023
- France: Toulouse, Pont Neuf
Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Bisected by the Garonne River, the 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot. The iconic Pont Neuf, French for "New Bridge" is a bridge built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Begun in 1544 and completed in 1632, its construction was made particularly long and difficult by the violent floods of the Garonne and the unstable nature of the subsoil. The architect Jacques Lemercier, who carried out the work at the beginning of the 17th century, made it an innovative bridge and a true engineering feat for its time. The bridge is not symmetrical because the left bank is several meters lower than the right bank; the longest arch is the third from the right-hand bank. The openings through the piers were originally supposed to represent the face and mane of a lion. Rendered by the artists of Anderson Design Group, this lovely original print and poster art will add an authentic touch of class as a print, canvas, postcard, metal sign, or as a set of notecards or postcards. If this vintage art inspires you to learn more about a beautiful French town, check out the official website for the Explore France.