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A treasure bridge
The Louis-Philippe bridge of Cahors succeeded the Pont-Vieux (Old Bridge), upstream, in the 19th century. Its deck is 23 ft (7m) wide with a facing of local yellow sandstone. The bridge is extended by Boulevard Gambetta, which surrounds the city's historic center according to the former 7th-century ramparts. Inaugurated under Louis-Philippe I in 1838, it was entitled to a grandiose ceremony. Archives claim that three strongboxes containing gold coins, a silver square, and a compass were sealed in the vault of the first arch.
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