Designed by the French engineer Michel Virlogeux and built to plans drawn by the English architect Lord Norman Foster, the Millau Viaduct blends in seamlessly with a splendid and unspoilt natural landscape.
Standing on the Causse Rouge to the north and the Causse du Larzac to the south, the Millau Viaduct spans the Tarn Valley and Mediterranean agropastoral land.
A cable-stayed bridge with a slightly curved metal deck, the whole Viaduct rests on 7 piles and its shape resembles that of a sailboat.
From the first drawings in 1987 to the end of construction in December 2004, it took seventeen years of studies and work to complete the jewel in the A75 motorway’s crown.
The Viaduct officially opened on 16 December 2004.
Measuring 2,460 metres in length and 343 metres in height, the Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world.
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