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Ponts of Paris

Paris has 37 bridges over the Seine. Here are a few notable ones:


Pont Alexandre III is named after the Russian Tsar. This is the bridge that connects the Grand and Petit Palais to the Invalides. It is the most ornate featuring art nouveau lamps and gold plating along with statues of cherubs, nymphs, winged horses and lions, all of which make great photos with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.

Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris despite its title suggesting otherwise. It was named the New Bridge at the time in the 16th century to distinguish it from older bridges that were lined on both sides with houses. It runs through the Ile de la Cite.



Pont des Arts
(or Passerelle des Arts which is also one of the 49 Paris pedestrian bridges or passerelles pietonnieres). It links to the Palais du Louvre, formally called the Palais des Arts. The Pont des Arts was Paris’ first metal bridge originally built in the early 1800’s but rebuilt in the 1980’s. It serves as a studio for artists, picnic spot and in recent years a place for lovers to attach padlocks, then throw the key into the river below as a romantic gesture representing the couple's commitment...

...The Paris city council is not overly keen on this and was suspected of removing the locks in 2010 but it was later discovered that they were taken to be used in a sculpture by an art student. After this, the locks began appearing close by on the...



...Pont de l'Archeveche which is Paris’ narrowest road bridge linking the 4e and 5e arrondissements at the Île de la Cite and providing a nice view of Notre Dame.

Pont de l'Alma (in the Crimean Battle of Alma, France and Britain defeated the Russians) isn’t a notably bridge but the gold leaf Flamme de la Liberte (replica of the Statue of Liberty flame) on its right bank side has become a tribute to Princess Diana who died in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel underneath.



Pont d’Iena links the Trocadero to the Eiffel Tower/Champ de Mars


Pont Bir Hakeim which the metro traverses to get to the Eiffel Tower and gives a great view of it.

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