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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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  • The name was put to change bridge de la Cité with the Conciergerie of the were initially lined store changer (change) or Metalist on the bridge. The current bridge is was built in the mid-19th century a simple stone arch bridge. Similarly across the Ile de la Cité island opposite the Saint Michel bridge piers on the N mark of Napoleon.
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  • This bridge connects the île de la Cité and the right bank to the right of the Chatelet square. It is very convenient in the South to the North of Paris. Right now the Seine River is in flood, and the landscape is completely changed when one passes over this bridge. It is a good vantage point for watching what is happening. The embankments, pedestrian walk is under water. What is strange is that the Seine usually very active with many cruise ships and barges, is without activity. Only the silty water rushes down the bed with power. The piers of the bridge are almost under water, but the bridge is holding up well. His predecessors had not fortunate, since all those who had been built including wooden houses above, end up in the river. Including the "Grand Pont" wooden had seen its batteries carried by the floodwaters of 1196, 1206 and 1280! then he is completely devastated in December 1296. The bridge to the changers, who replaced him, is again damaged by the flood of 1616 and then destroyed in 1621... In 1647 they rebuilt a stone bridge at the expense of the changers who occupy it, which will still be damaged during flood 1651, 1658 and by 1668; It is only under Napoleon III, using modern techniques that the bridge to the Exchange, we see today, is finally built. It has three semicircular arches large enough with two batteries in the middle of the Seine, to leave the fort current of the river flow. The monogram of Napoleon III is at the top of the batteries. This bridge is accessible by the metro station "Chatelet"
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  • Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral in the Seine River, right next to the bridge that connects the North not Notre Dame seems to be a little more pretty than leg. The Paris leg is pretty awake because I feel the mood would be nice to stroll around the streets.
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  • The bridge gives some really good views of the city of Paris along the Seine and is also a really nice place to take a leisurely walk. It’s open all the time and is really beautiful during any time of the day, especially at sunrise or sunset when the sun reflects against the Paris skyline or at night when the city is all lit up. Its proximity to all the main attractions of the city of Paris makes it a prime location for those wanting to spend time in the city. Though it’s nice for a walk, when the weather gets warmer, the bridge may get packed with people, since it’s shared between walkers and cyclers, so it is not that enjoyable and favorable for a walk at times. Also, the bridge can get cold during the winter and the beginning of spring. Overall, the bridge is really stunning, and is a great opportunity for photos!
  • 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.
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  • A nice place to just walk around
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