SAINT-APOLLINE BRIDGE AND CHAPEL

Fribourg is a town of bridges. The Sainte-Apolline bridge lies on a route that has been travelled since ancient times, now reserved for hikers who come to admire the tiny neighbouring chapel.

The current bridge was built in the 15th or 16th century. Its unique 18-metre arch is made of tuff. Newlyweds and romantics come here to have their photographs taken.

A chapel existed in the 12th century, but was destroyed by fire. The current building bears the date of its reconstruction in 1566. The sanctuary is dedicated to Saint Apollonia, a 3rd century martyr from Alexandria. Her torturers are said to have broken her teeth one by one before throwing her on the fire.

Archaeologists have found numerous decayed teeth around the oratory: people came here to pray for the healing of toothache. Saint Apollonia is often represented with large pliers holding a molar. A dental surgery has even used this image in its advertising.
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