Constructed in the 14th century, the elegant Pont de Saint-Étienne d’Issensac rises to 13.35 meters and was intended for the passage of pedestrians, carts and animals, not automobiles, due to its narrowness and its steep inclines. Despite some damage, it didn’t deter the passage of German tanks during World War II.
Earlier, it may have replaced an old wooden structure crossing the Hérault River at Issensac, south of Brissac, in the Languedoc-Roussilon region. Built near the 12th century chapel of Saint-Étienne d’Issensac it also enabled the passage of the pilgrims towards Saint Guilhem, stage on the way of Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
Today it’s a swimming spot for cooling off in the Hérault, with a pebble beach where the river widens and the current and the depth are less: perfect for children.