Strolling over the bridges of Paris
Published on 5 November 2019, dans Visit Paris
Very old or ultra-modern, ornate or austere, the 37 bridges spanning the Seine in Paris each have their history. They are anchored in the landscape and give it a unique perspective that is so typical of the City of Light. Today, your Hotel Jacques de Molay invites you to stroll over the bridges of Paris...
Bridges embodying the history of Paris
Remembering that Paris was founded on an island is key to understanding the city’s history and development. According to historians, the first bridges connecting the Ile de la Cite and the banks of the Seine date from the 1st century BC! There is, of course, no longer any trace of these, but it’s not surprising that the two oldest bridges in Paris still extant, the Pont Neuf and the Pont Marie, still connect two of the river’s islands to its banks. You can admire their sober and elegant designs as well as their beautiful white stone quarried from the Paris Basin as it reflects the golden light of sunset.
Many Parisian bridges date from the Industrial Revolution and have architecture characteristic of the period. The Pont Alexandre III, built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, imposes itself on the landscape with its unique, light metal arch decorated with gilded medallions. As well as monumental pillars and sculptures, it also boasts magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower and the Petit and Grand Palais. Architecture enthusiasts will delight in the amazing lenticular structure of the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir. Finally, don’t miss the pedestrian Pont des Arts, a place particularly popular with lovers!
At your own pace, at your own whim, whether accompanied by a guide or alone, you should meet the bridges of Paris. Each has a story to tell. You will also enjoy magnificent views of the capital and its monuments. The Hotel Jacques de Molay team will be happy to tell you about their favourites...
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