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Le Pont du Brault

The bridge at Brault along with the locks system just up river from the bridge is the last of the water management constructions on the Marais Poitevin. Since the 13th century Brault was the deep water port for Marans.  Passage between the flourishing regions of Aquitane and Poitou was the reason this port built on a rocky outcrop became so important.

Today it's functions continues as some 800 pleasure craft are logged in by the two resident lock keepers, at the ecluses just up river from the bridge, who's role extents to flood management. The waters are constantly monitored and controlled by close coordination with the large dams upstream.

The River Sevre Niortaise is close to its estuary here, swelled by the arrival of water from ten discharge channels, the river has just passed the last tidal gate before now passing under the bridge and discharging in to the Anse de l'Aiguillon and the ocean.

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