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  Bridge - "Pont des Arts" seen from Le Louvre.
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  • Bridge - "Pont des Arts" seen from Le Louvre. - Paris
      Bridge - "Pont des Arts" seen from Le Louvre.
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  • Tour de Nesle (now Institut de france). - Paris
      Tour de Nesle (now Institut de france).
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The bridges are excellent spots to observe and admire the nearly perfect architecture of Paris. Not only the famous monuments but also the houses with their homogeneous Hausmann style.
I like all bridges but have some preferences for the pedestrians bridges like the "Ponts des Arts" between the "Cour Carrée" (Sully wing) of Le Louvre and the "Institut de France" on the Rive gauche.

This was the first metal bridge in Paris built in 1804 under Napoleon I. After a number of collisions with barges the bridge had to be rebuild in 1984 and the number of arches was reduced from nine to seven. You can picnic on this passerelle.

The "Institut de France", with its elegant cupola, houses five academies among with the famous Académie Francaise.
Centuries before the Institut de France was standing here a defence tower called La Tour de Nesle. This tower became famous in 1314 as it was the place of orgy by the daughters-in-law of King Philip IV le Bel. Alexandre Dumas wrote the celebrated romance "La Tour de Nesle".
It was here that it all happened like in the TV series "Les Rois Maudits" from the book by Maurice Druon.

Address: Pont des Arts
Website: http://www.marcorp-editions.com

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  • Updated Feb 4, 2015
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