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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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TripAdvisor
  • Very busy bridge right in the middle of things, linking Ile de la Cite with the Right Bank. Some good photo ops.  more »
  • The Pont au Change constructed in 1858-1860 as the transportation network between the Place du Châtelet on the right bank and the boulevard du Palais on the Île de la Cité. The bridge bears the letter...  more »
  • Stumbled across Pont au Change (though I didn't know it at the time) after coming off the metro on Cite. It's a small bridge that leads you back to the right bank of Paris but it provides a pretty vie...  more »
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  • A nice place to just walk around
  • Magical place to walk around
  • Some of the most iconic Paris sites can be seen from here.
  • Amazing place to soak in the lovely atmosphere and reflect on the history of the Pont Au Change. Definitely was a great moment for me in Paris and especially to share it with a person you love:)
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