Bridges and Pont in Paris, France
Since the city of Paris is located on the banks of the River Seine, there have been many bridges or ponts that have been built across it through the years. In all, there are 37 bridges across the Seine and here is a guide to some of the most beautiful and popular bridges in Paris.
One bridge that you must visit is the Pont Neuf or the “New Bridge”, which ironically is the oldest and the most famous bridge in Paris. Built in 1607, the bridge covers the distance between the Left Bank to the right bank over the western tip of the Ile de la Cite. Another very important bridge is the Pont Alexandre III which was opened in 1900 and named after the Russian Tsar, Alexander III. This bridge is the best way to approach the Eiffel Tower from the West Bank.
The interesting Pont d’lena which was built by Napoleon I connects the Eiffel tower to the Left Bank at the Trocadero region. These three bridges are very popular among tourists and offer beautiful views of the city.
Other well known bridges in the city include the Pont des Arts which is next to the Louvre, the Pont Royal, which used to be the official venue for festivities, the Pont Charles de Gaulle which is shaped like an Aeroplane wing, the Pont Mirabeau on which Guillaume Apollinaire, composed one of his most famous poems titled “Le Pont Mirabeau” and the Pont Sully which has three arches made of cast iron and is actually made up of two separate bridges.
The Pont National, Pont de Tolbiac, Pont de Bercy, Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, Pont d’Arcole, Pont du Carrousel, Pont des Invalides and the Pont de la Concorde are other noteworthy bridges across the Seine.