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Further down the Rhne valley at Avignon, twin TGV viaducts will stride across the river on chunky columns with more than a hint of Roman stone pillars or pedestals for giant statues. These classical echoes are intentional: French Railway's SNCF architects were well aware of Avignon's importance in Roman times, and the fact that it was once home for a medieval Papacy at a castle just down river.