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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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  • There are some great views to be had from this bridge. the latest bridge was constructed during Napoleon III reign and bears his isignia. This bridge connect the Ile de la Cite and Palcae of Justice, ...  more »
  • What's not to be dazzled in Paris, every corner you turn, every street we passed, the bridges that cross the river Seine is a discovery more beautiful than the other.
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  • The Pont au Change is a Parisian bridge over the Seine River that connects the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie, to the right margin of the river. We observe it while we performed the navigation in the evening and while it is a work of very important classical architecture, the bridge stands out for having the famous uppercase N in their bows commemorating Napoleon.
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  • Beautiful view on the Seine between Île de la Cité and Chatelet.
  • Some of the most iconic Paris sites can be seen from here.
  • Magnifique vue
  • 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:)
  • Sedang ada banjir waktu itu.