Ste-Apolline bridge (Villars-sur-Glâne)
The Glâne was probably crossed at the level of Ste-Apolline near Fribourg in prehistoric and very early times. The historic significance of the crossing is underlined by its position at the confluence of the Glâne and Saane, continual use by a hospice into the 18th century and a gallows that according to tithe plans stood at this location.
The chapel, first documented in 1147, was rebuilt in 1566 after a fire. Ste.-Apolline, virgin and martyr, offered relief from toothache. She was very popular, as shown by numerous finds of caries-ridden teeth at her chapel.
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