Paris embraces what is most quintessential of Europe. If you have experienced to France and come to Paris, you would have been fascinated by the great architecture. Because the artistic pace of life seems to have been flowing in the blood of human beings since they were born. You would not have passed the beauty of the bridges, what makes a Paris different and more interesting. Let’s discover top 6 most famous bridges in Paris with Living Nomads.
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Seine River – The place of bridges in Paris
Remembering the first day of my arrival in Paris, what made a girl so bubbly like me feel overwhelmed and amused. It was not exactly the “beautiful woman”, not exactly the gorgeous Champs – Elysees Boulevard. It is not exactly the ancient Louvre museum or the Notre Dame Cathedral, but the peaceful Seine River with its beautiful bridges. In Paris and for the people of Paris, the bridge is not just the usual traffic structures, but each one of them has a long history of the city. Trust me, let’s come to Paris to hear the bridges tell the stories
According to current statistics, there are a total of 37 bridges linking the banks of the Seine River. Among them are the four most beautiful and iconic bridges: Pont des Arts, Pont Neuf, Pont de Bir-Hakeim and Pont Alexandre III. Five bridges are together to make a panoramic picture of the history and people of Paris.
Listen to the Pont des Arts tells the story of love couples
It is no accident that Paris is fondly called the city of art and love. Because where does the inspiration get so much love like this? Where is the autumn beautiful like Paris gold fall? Where in the world is the piano suddenly heard when walking across a street and easy to hold both the travelers are hurrying in the station? And where there is a bridge to prove the love couples in Paris?
Pont des Arts, also known as the bridge, is closer and romantic than the bridge of love. It was built in 1801 under Napoleon Bonapart was the first metal bridge in Paris. This 9-span bridge serves the needs for jogging of the people. After nearly eight decades of history, devastated by bombs and even collapsed by ship accidents, the 1981 Pont des Arts was officially revamped as a design today. It was built in 1801 under Napoleon Bonapart was the first metal bridge in Paris.Pont des Arts still serve the needs of people’s walks and are sometimes used for art exhibitions. It often attracts artists, photographers and art lovers in general.
Since 2008, Pont des Arts has become known as the Lock Bridge of Love.It was built right in front of the Louvre museum and the Institut Francais. Walking along here, you can easily feel the multitude of colorful, breath-taking breaths of love through many locks that the couples hook into the bridge and throw the key into the riverbed in which the hope of an eternal love. The theme of love is always fascinated at all ages. The endless inspiration from the bridge makes the most lonely souls too. It is a witness to eternal love, to the divine promises.
But by mid-2015, the legendary lock love bridge was officially dismantled to secure the bridge from the weight of the locks. The love symbol of how many couples that drenched themselves in the river Seine still flowing absentminded. Regrettably, the removal of locks on either side of the bridge is a necessity. And does this demonstrate the notion of “in this world where ever there is eternal love”?
Pont Neuf – The new but most “old” bridge in Paris
Pont Neuf means the New Bridge but this is the oldest of a total of 37 bridges linking the banks of the Seine.
Located next to the bridge of love lock, in contrast with lively fun, New Bridge carries on the history of the city. Built in 1578, the bridge spanning the rich history. King Henry III is the person who decided to build the bridge and his monument was located at the center of the bridge, still of historical value. The bridge connects the Ile de la Cité with the other side is Notre Dame Cathedral and the busy shopping area of Rivioli.
Pont Neuf’s design was inspired by European architecture of the 16th century. At that time, the bridge was 232 meters long and 22 meters wide was considered to be a breakthrough and modern design. This is the first bridge in Paris to be built without a house built on it. In particular, each bridge has a rest to serve the purpose of sightseeing and gathering of people without affecting the traffic.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim, the highlight of the Parisian painting
Built in 1905, it is one of two bridges on a total of 37 bridges crossing the Seine River with railways running through. The bridge has two floors, the lower floor serves pedestrians and cars and the upper level for tram rails. The upper bridge is supported by a metal column and a central brick arch with four stone statues: “La science et le travail” by Jules Coutan, “L’electricite et le Commerce” by Jean-Antoine Injalbert, downstairs is the “La France renaissance” by Wederkinch. From this bridge, you can visit the replica of the Statue of Liberty. There are numerous memorial stakes, mostly for French soldiers killed in Africa during World War II.
This bridge is a testimony to the fact that the appearance of a bridge is not in itself but in the surroundings.The eye-catching from the Bir-Hakeim Bridge and the Eiffel Tower is the perfect platform for any frame. So many couples chose to marry on the tram No. 6 just to catch the Eiffel Tower when the train crossed the bridge.
Interestingly enough, this bridge has recently become known as the Inception Bridge as it appears in the popular movie of the same name.
Pont Alexandre III
The Alexandre III Bridge connects the two banks of the Seine River, one on the Champs-Elysees, and the other on the Invalides. The bridge is ranked France’s historic building and is called the most beautiful and “extravagant” bridge in Paris.
Alexandre III Bridge was built in 1896 and was completed in 1900. This was the gift of Russian Emperor Alexandre III to France on the occasion of the International Exhibition in Paris that year. The architectural style simulates the style of architecture of the castle with lampposts style New Art, angel symbols, goddesses and horses decorated wings along the bridge. Four statues of “Fame” as high as 17m are on the four sides as guardian gods.
Alexandre III Bridge was inspired and chosen as a backdrop for many film and music productions. For example, in Adele’s “Someone Like You” music video, even on black and white films, the Alexandre III bridges showcase their lavish splendor.
Writing about anything in Paris in particular or of France, in general, is easy for us to delve deeply into the recollection and enchanting scenery as if unable to escape. But perhaps it should end here too beautiful memories of the bridges. It makes up a Paris that is not easily fading in the minds of those who once had the opportunity to travel to France. The beautiful bridges in Paris will make you never forget.
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