Everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumph and Notre Dame which provide stunning views of the city. Paris, its quaysides, its river, its bridges; a cliché certainly, but why is it that bridges bring out so much romance and nostalgia in us? Perhaps they offer the best viewpoints of the capital or a picture of the perfect postcard. Maybe because it is very romantic to swear our eternal love to a loved one on a bridge.
Here are Paris’s most famous bridges that we suggest you cross and stay there until the sunset:
Pont de l’Alma. This bridge is named after the Battle of Alma where the Franco-British alliance was victorious over the Russians in 1854. This bridge was completely reconstructed in the 70s to carry the weight of the daily traffic and just nearby lies the Flame of Liberty.
The Pont-Neuf is, despite its name is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris. Every tourist wants to have their photo taken on this elegant span, with the Seine making an impressive backdrop.
Pont des Arts. The Bridge spanning the Seine from the “Institute de France” to the “Palais du Louvre” owes its name to the fact that the Louvre was called the “Palais des Arts” at the time the bridge was built. This remains the spot for those who want to immortalize their love by engraving their initials on a padlock and fastening it onto a railing.
Pont de Mirabeau. This green bridge has a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower towering behind it. It was the largest and highest bridge during the time of its construction and it holds 4 allegorical statues representing the ‘City of Paris’, ‘Navigation’, ‘Commerce’, and ‘Abundance’. These statues are placed on either side of the bridge on the two piles of the bridge which represent two boats.
Pont Alexandre III symbol of the friendship franco-russe, the bridge connects the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides quarter, widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris, this is a terrific place for saying ‘I love you’ and bringing an eternally romantic touch to your special stay in Paris.
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