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A sight to discover, often referred to as “the most beautiful cliff face in Ile-de-France“
Straddling the border between the villages of Bures-sur-Yvette and Gometz-le-Châtel, the Fauvettes viaduct offers beautiful views over the Yvette valley. Measuring 221 metres in length, it towers at a height of 34 metres above the bottom of the valley. The “ru d’Angoulême” flows under the viaduct which can be admired from down in the valley as well as from the heights.
The viaduct was built in 1913 for the Paris-Chartre rail link via Gallardon. As it turned out, the political decision in its favour was hardly cost-effective, since the link was only operational for 9 years. It was never completed beyond Massy in fact and, a few years after its construction, was bombarded along with two other viaducts on the same line. Fauvettes suffered substantial damage, in particular to one of its arches which was only repaired in 2004.
Nowadays, the disused railway bridge is frequented not only by hikers and cyclists exploring the “Véloscénie” cycle path, but also by enthusiastic climbers and potholers who come here to train. Among other claims to fame, the Fauvettes viaduct features in a scene from the TF1 French television series, Falco.
Viaduc des Fauvettes
Viaduc des fauvettes
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