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The Pont de Rei ( en, King's Bridge, french: Pont du Roi, oc, Eth Pònt de Rei) is a bridge and
border crossing Border control is the measures taken by a state (polity), state or a bloc of states to monitor its borders and regulate the movement of people, animals, and goods across the border. History States and rulers have always regarded the ability to ...
over the river
Garonne The Garonne (, also , ; Occitan Occitan (; oc, occitan, link=no ,), also known as ''lenga d'òc'' (; french: langue d'oc) by its native speakers, is a Romance language The Romance languages, less commonly Latin or Neo-Latin languages ...
that connects the
Aran Valley Aran (; ; ) (previously officially called in Occitan Val d'Aran, Catalan: ''Vall d'Aran'', Spanish: ''Valle de Arán'') is an administrative entity (formerly considered a comarca A ''comarca'' (, or ) is a traditional region or local administ ...
of
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with the
Haute-Garonne Haute-Garonne (; oc, Nauta Garona, ; en, Upper Garonne) is a department Department may refer to: * Departmentalization, division of a larger organization into parts with specific responsibility Government and military *Department (country sub ...
department of
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. The road on the French side is
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, ending in the commune of Fos; on the Spanish side the road is
N-230 The N-230 connects Lleida to Vielha, the Vall d'Aran and France. It passes through Benabarre, the Vall del Noguera Ribagorçana and the Vielha tunnel (5.240m). The road is to be up-graded to the Autovía A-14. See also

*Autovía A-138 ...
, ending in the municipality of Bausen.


History

In 1515, the ''Plan d'Arem'' agreement was signed at the crossing between Spanish and French nobles and representatives to guarantee free passage and exchange of goods between the valleys on both sides of the border. A festival was held and a monument erected in 2015 to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the treaty. The border crossing was used by many Spanish refugees fleeing to France during the
Spanish Civil War The Spanish Civil War ( es, Guerra Civil Española)) or The Revolution ( es, La Revolución) among Nationalists, the Fourth Carlist War ( es, Cuarta Guerra Carlista) among Carlists Carlism ( eu, Karlismo; ca, Carlisme; ; ) is a Traditiona ...
; and in the other direction by Jews fleeing the
Nazi occupation of France The Military Administration in France (german: Militärverwaltung in Frankreich; french: Occupation de la France par l'Allemagne) was an military Administration (Nazi Germany), interim occupation authority established by Nazi Germany during Wor ...
. In 1944, the crossing was the point of entry and retreat for anti-Franco forces during the failed Invasion of Aran Valley.


References

{{reflist France–Spain border crossings Val d'Aran Buildings and structures in Haute-Garonne Transport in Occitanie Buildings and structures in the Province of Lleida