"Pont Neuf" Pont Neuf Tip by illumina

Pont Neuf, Paris: 31 reviews and 57 photos


The Pont-Neuf (New Bridge) is a rather misleading name given that it's the city's oldest surviving bridge. It was built in 1607 for Henri IV, constructed of stone with 12 arches, and links the western tip of the Ile de la Cite with both banks of the river. It was the first bridge in Paris not to have houses built on it, and to have a proper pavement - usually pedestrians were expected to share the mud-filled road with horse traffic. Henri is commemorated with an equestrian statue halfway across and also lends his nickname to the square du Vert-Galant (where these photos are taken from), enclosed within the triangular stern of the island, reached via steps leading down behind the statue. (Vert-Galant means a 'green' or lusty gentleman, and refers to his amorous exploits!)

Address: Ile de la Cite
Phone: 0262864621

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  • Updated May 19, 2006
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