The Legend of Saint Bénezet
Ridiculed by the people of Avignon, the shepherd is challenged by the prelate to load a huge stone on his shoulder and into the Rhone. Benezet not hesitate a moment, and under the eyes of the amazed crowd, lifts the block of stone before throwing it in water, said it helped since by divine intervention, and even angels bathed in a golden light.
This beautiful legend of Saint Benezet is spent in the popular enthusiasm, because the bridge was a challenge to the elements.
The Pont St-Benezet is the oldest structure built on the Rhone River between Lyon and the sea in the twelfth century.