Bridges and civil engineering structures

A string of viaducts boldly straddle the deep Luzège and Chavanon valleys and a series of spectacular dams retain the water of the Dordogne and its tributaries.

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VOUTEZAC
Le Saillant’s EDF hydroelectric plant
Le Saillant’s EDF hydroelectric plant - VOUTEZAC
The hydroelectric dam EDF Salient, 28 meters high, has been operating since 1929 and located in the heart of a classified Natura 2000. The hydroelectric plant has four units operating continuously
LIGINIAC
Barrage de Marèges
Barrage de Marèges - LIGINIAC
Opened in 1935. Built in a very deep gorge, this is the oldest of the dams in the upper valley of the Dordogne. Height: 90m. Reservoir: 16km
VIGEOIS
Vieux pont sur la Vézère
Vieux pont sur la Vézère - VIGEOIS
The old bridge of Vigeois is also called the "Pont des anglais" and crosses the Vézère River. It was built before the 14th century and consists of four wide arhes. Since 1969 it has been classified
SERVIERES LE CHATEAU
Chastang Dam and its Espace EDF
Chastang Dam and its Espace EDF - SERVIERES LE CHATEAU
Chastang dam is 79 metres high and is part of a new generation of dams, built postwar. Chastang’s three alternators can provide energy for the equivalent of a town of 100 000 inhabitants. A tour
SAINT GENIEZ O MERLE
Pont de Merle
Pont de Merle - SAINT GENIEZ O MERLE
500m from the site of Tours de Merle, on the D13 between the communes of St Geniez-ô-Merle and St Bonnet-les-Tours, enjoy a view of the second largest woodframed bridge in Europe. This unique bridge ...
BORT LES ORGUES
Bort les Orgues dam and its Espace EDF
Bort les Orgues dam and its Espace EDF - BORT LES ORGUES
After 10 years of construction, the EDF dam at Bort les Orgues was commissioned in 1952. 120 m high, it is the first and largest dam on the Dordogne. The reservoir of the dam at Bort les Orgues is
NAVES
Viaduc du Pays de Tulle
Viaduc du Pays de Tulle - NAVES
The Pays de Tulle viaduct is located north of Tulle in the towns of Naves and Les Angle sur Corrèze. This is one of France’s highest bridges (deck height and column height.) The bridge is made of
MARCILLAC LA CROISILLE
Lantourne bridge
Lantourne bridge - MARCILLAC LA CROISILLE
Former railway bridge used for the passage of the Tulle-Ussel Tacot (train). This 207m long metal cage bridge was only built in 1949 around Marcillac because of the construction of the Vallette dam
SOURSAC
Viaduc des Rochers Noirs
Viaduc des Rochers Noirs - SOURSAC
Situated in the communes of Lapleau and Soursac, this bold feat of engineering straddles the Luzège gorges at a height of 92m. Opened in 1913 by President Poincaré, the viaduct was used until 1959
PEROLS SUR VEZERE
Pont de Varieras
Pont de Varieras - PEROLS SUR VEZERE
Bridge maybe of Carolingian period, taken by the rural road from Varieras to Pérols sur
ARGENTAT SUR DORDOGNE
Le Sablier EDF dam
Le Sablier EDF dam - ARGENTAT SUR DORDOGNE
Le Sablier was inaugurated in 1958 and is the smallest dam along the river Dordogne. It is also an original construction, quite different from the usual spectacular dams. Water flows smoothly through
VOUTEZAC
Pont du Saillant
Pont du Saillant - VOUTEZAC
Medieval bridge of the 16th century " in beaks " on Vézère with six ogivales
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AUBAZINE
Canal des Moines
Canal des Moines - AUBAZINE
This extraordinary 12C work of art has been carved out of the rock and constructed with impressive corbelling. Built by the monks from the abbey, it runs for a distance of 1.5km along the side of a
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LAPLEAU
Viaduc des Rochers Noirs
Viaduc des Rochers Noirs - LAPLEAU
Situated in the communes of Lapleau and Soursac, this bold feat of engineering straddles the Luzège gorges at a height of 92m. Opened in 1913 by President Poincaré, the viaduct was used until 1959
SOURSAC
Aigle Dam and its Espace EDF
Aigle Dam and its Espace EDF - SOURSAC
The Eagle Dam is also nicknamed "the dam of resistance".Its construction from 1935 to1945 was deliberately delayed by the Cantal armed resistance organization during the 2nd World War, so as not to
MERLINES
Chavanon Viaduct
Chavanon Viaduct - MERLINES
A technical and aesthetic masterpiece, the 360m-long Viaduc du Chavanon crosses the wild valley of the same name, linking the Limousin (commune of Merlines) with the Auvergne (commune of Messeix).