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Grand Viaduc de Millau

The Grand Viaduc de Millau is an astonishing 2.5km-long viaduct supported by seven enormous pillars which, at times, puncture the cloud level (the highest reaches 326m, taller than the Eiffel Tower). Designed by Sir Norman Foster, engineered by Michel Virlogeux and built by Eiffage, a construction firm that traces its heritage back to Gustave Eiffel, it is as much a work of art as it is a vital link from Paris to the Languedoc coast. There is a signposted belvedere off the D991 out of Millau just before you reach the A75 autoroute.