Millau Viaduct

Steel and cement giant

Designed by the French engineer Michel Virlogeux and designed by the English architect Norman Foster, the 2460 m long Millau viaduct was put into service in 2004, after thirteen years of study and three years of work. Carrying the A75 motorway, it joins the Causse Rouge and the Causse du Larzac by crossing the Tarn valley. In accordance with the choices of the architect and the Aveyron local authorities, the viaduct fits very discreetly into the landscape. Its thin metal deck, carried by immaculate white shrouds, draws a slight curve and rests on seven slender stacks that give it the appearance of a sailboat. What an emotion at the sight of this exceptional work, remarkable for its grace and balance. Whether you discover it from one of the many viewpoints, whether it dominates you when you paddle by canoe on the Tarn, whether you fly over it by paragliding or drive over it in your car, it is always a unique experience.

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