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Some words about the Paris bridges

On our site you could find a lot of information on various sights of Paris, and we sincerely hope that our articles are interesting for you to read. This time we bring to your attention a short description of the Parisian bridges which you can come across being in this magnificent city.

As all of us know, Paris (as a settlement) conducts its history from ille de la Cité located between river banks of the Seine. Today the island represents only insignificant part of the city and long time ago it was the whole Paris, which, during those old times was not called this name.

As well as to many other settlements located on the rivers, Paris required special crossings for communication of the city with river banks. So here there were initially wooden bridges which were later replaced with the stone ones that subsequently have come to the present streets over water.

According to historical data for the first time benches of local handicraftsmen have appeared on Pont Notre-Dame in the fifteenth century and as these trading places always settled down together with workshops and habitation of masters thus on the bridge the present inhabited street which has very quickly turned to the centre of the Parisian trade was formed. Nothing changed here for a long time, however in 1786 according to the decree of the king all constructions have been operatively cleaned from the bridge.

If you happen to be in Paris necessarily visit Pont Neuf (the New Bridge). Don’t think that it is the newest bridge in Paris as actually it is one of the oldest of the remained bridges of the city. In due time it was really the newest, for as it has received such a name. The New Bridge has been constructed in the far sixteenth century for traffic unloading on Pont Notre-Dame and Pont au Change. It was a unique Parisian bridge of that time on which there were no inhabited, craft and trading constructions that caused serious discontent in numerous shopkeepers.

As well as many other Pont au Change has initially been executed from wood and only in the middle of the seventeenth century has been replaced with a stone construction with numerous apartment houses and benches of exchangers (therefore it has received the corresponding name).

Do not deprive of the attention the foot Pont des Arts which has been constructed at the very beginning of the nineteenth century by the order of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and became the first Parisian bridge made of iron. The bridge has received its name because it connects the French Academy and the Louvre which at that time carried the name of the Palace of arts.

Among the Parisian bridges there is one connected to Russia. Pont Alexandre III is named in honor of the Russian tsar and is constructed, as a tribute to signing of the contract on a military alliance between Russia and France. It is one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris so you should necessarily find time for visiting it.

We would like to finish our narration about the Parisian bridges with the Bridge of Revolution which has received its name most likely because it has been constructed of remains of stone walls of the well-known French prison la Bastille. Today the construction names the Bridge of the Consent and connects the Parisian square with the same name and Palais Bourbon.

There are thirty eight bridges in total in the city boundaries now, each of which has the history and can cause a great interest in tourists.