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Pont au Change, Paris

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The Pont au Change is a bridge over the Seine River in Paris, France. The bridge is located at the border between the first and fourth arrondissements. It connects the Île de la Cité from the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie, to the Right Bank, at the Place du Châtelet.HistorySeveral bridges bearing the name Pont au Change have stood on this site. It owes its name to the goldsmiths and money changers who had installed their shops on an earlier version of the bridge in the 12th century. The current bridge was constructed from 1858 to 1860, during the reign of Napoleon III, and bears his imperial insignia.In LiteratureThe Pont au Change is featured in the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Police Inspector Javert finds himself unable to reconcile his duty to surrender Jean Valjean to the authorities with the fact that Valjean saved his life. He comes to the Pont au Change and throws himself into the Seine. It also plays a role in the novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind; the perfumier Baldini, who takes the protagonist Grenouille as his apprentice, owns a shop on the bridge. After Grenouille leaves him, the bridge collapses and his house and shop, with him inside, falls into the river.
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  • September 28, 2017
    The third rail bridge in this location. The name of the Bridge Replacement-comes from the time when it houses salesmanship (fires which also partially destroyed the first two bridges). Present was inaugurated in 1860, offers a very nice view of the Conciergerie and place du Chatelet.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Looks like a painting! This picture was taken on sunset timed boat cruise on evening of July 22, 2017.  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    The Pont au Change is a bridge over the Seine River in Paris. It connects the Île de la Cité from the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie, to the Right Bank, at the Place du Châtelet. The Pont au C...  more »
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  • August 25, 2017
    That's nothing like putting your feet on a place like this... The river flows strong, the wind sweeps over the water. There's history in from behind and underfoot. Madie Antoinette was held in the building to the right. The Note Dame is hiding from view on the left... Big, impressive, proud, arrogant and stunningly beautiful.
  • June 16, 2017
    A nice place to just walk around
  • March 3, 2017
    Magical place to walk around
  • October 9, 2016
    Some of the most iconic Paris sites can be seen from here.
  • August 28, 2017
    lovely

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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