Avignon's bridge made twice the fortune of the provençal
city. The legend says that the brige which spanned the Rhone river
was build in Middle-Age thanks to a simple shepherd, a teenager
named Benezet (nick name for Benedict), who gave it his name. This
was the only stony bridge on the Rhone river between Lyon and the
Mediterranean see and it made Avignon's fortune and power in those
times. The city was a practically independant Commune, under the
remote and gentle suzerainty of the counts of Toulouse.