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The historic bridges of Paris are essential on your Paris Bucketlist, not only are they a work of art but they link the left and right bank.
The Bridges are a magnificent sight during the day and night.
The Parisii tribe who was responsible for how Paris got its name, built the first bridges of Paris, the Grand Pont and the Petit Pont in 52 BC.
Facts about Bridges of Paris
- Paris has 37 bridges.
- 5 are solely pedestrian and 2 are rail bridges.
- Since 1991, all of the bridges situated along the Seine River were deemed part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the river and riverbanks itself.
- Can You Still Put a Lock on the Bridge in Paris? No, The bridge could not carry the weight of the locks and they had to be removed in 2015.
Best Bridges of Paris
Today there are 37 bridges in Paris, spanning the Seine, which flows for 13 km through Paris.
Pont Alexander III
Pont Alexandre III was built between 1896 and 1900 and was named after Tsar Alexander III, the Russian ruler during Franco-Russian Alliance celebrations.
This is one of the most elegant bridges in Paris with ornate decorations, and gold and bronze sculptures.
This bridge soars across the Seine and connects the Champs-Élysées area with the Eiffel Touwer and Les Invalides.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
The Pont de Bir-Hakeim connects the 15th and 16th arrondissements and is one of two Paris Bridges that allows metro, pedestrian, and vehicle crossing.
This steel bridge was built in the early 1900s. It’s 237 meters long and 24.7 meters wide. You’ll see this bridge in the popular movies, Inception and The Last Tango in Paris.
Pont des Arts
The famous Paris Love Lock bridge is officially known as the Pont des Art. The bridge was built by Napoleon, at the very beginning of the 19th century. This was the first iron bridge of Paris.
Later a tradition of writing a couple’s name on a lock, then throwing the key into the Seine to represent a bond that could never be broken began.
In 2015 the locks were removed as their weight damaged the integrity of the bridge and were replaced by glass paneling.
Pont Neuf means New Bridge but it’s actually the oldest standing stone bridge of Paris. It was commissioned by King Henry II, in the late 16th century but only completed under the rule of Henry VI in 1607.
This was the first Paris bridge to connect the rue de Rivoli on the Right Bank and the rue Dauphine on the Left.
Pont de Léna
Pont de Lena was named by Napoleon after a victorious battle in 1807. It’s one of the best places to see the Eiffel Tower as this bridge is under the tower.
Pont de l’Alma
Pont de l’Alma is an arch bridge in the western part of Paris. It was named in honor of the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Russian army was defeated by the Franco-British alliance.
The bridge is in close proximity to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, where Princess Diana was involved in a fatal accident which led to her passing in 1997.
Pont de la Tournelle
Pont de la Tournelle was designed by Paul Landowski (who was also responsible for Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
This Parisian bridge connected the Île Saint-Louis with the Left Bank. Pont de la Tournelle boasts both an impressive view over Notre-Dame and a statue of the patron saint of Paris, Sainte Geneviève.