Pont de la Tournelle, Paris

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Pont de la Tournelle, is an arch bridge spanning the river Seine in Paris.HistoryThe location of the Pont de la Tournelle is the site of successive structures.The first, a wooden bridge, was built in 1620. This bridge connected the Eastern bank of the Seine (le quai Saint-Bernard) to l'île Saint-Louis. It was subsequently washed away by ice in 1637, and again on 21 January 1651. A stone bridge was erected in its place in 1654. It was demolished in 1918 and replaced by the current bridge in 1928, after it suffered several natural disasters, especially the flood of 1910.The Pont de la Tournelle was intentionally built lacking symmetry, in order to emphasize the shapeless landscape in the part of the Seine that it bestrides. Consisting of a grand central arch that links the riverbanks via two smaller arches, one on each side, it's decorated on the Eastern bank with a pylon built on the left pier's cutwater, and a statue of Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, atop of the pylon, designed by Polish-French monumental sculptor Paul Landowski.The term "Tournelle" traces its origin to a square turret (tourelle) constructed at the end of the 12th Century on the fortress of Phillipe Auguste.Numerous scenes of Highlander: The Series were filmed along the Quai de la Tournelle near and underneath Pont de la Tournelle between 1992 and 1998.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Pont de la Tournalle is one of the bridges connecting Ile Saint-Louis with Paris mainland. While the bridge is not connected to Ile de la Cite, it offers excellent The bridge offers excellent views of...  more »
  • June 18, 2017
    A nice passing over Seine overlooking the cathedral. At nighttime a popular place to enjoy concerts with talented amateurs.  more »
  • June 14, 2017
    Sully bridge this bridge across the 5th district from the Ile Saint Louis. To watch a distant view of Notre Dame Cathedral was supposed to finally cross the bridge, but the bridge. Would detour to go to the Sully bridge across the boroughs, but this is useful.
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  • May 30, 2017
    Beautiful panorama of Notre Dame de Paris. Nearby quais good for spending a nice afternoon with friends.
  • February 26, 2017
    This bridge offers some great views on the Seine and the Notre Dame. That's why I like to choose this way to cycle to work. Everytime it awes me.
  • March 18, 2017
    Very nice place. Lovers bridge
  • August 3, 2017
    Amazing view, perfect crowds
  • August 22, 2016
    The banks underneath the bridge offer many good spots for hanging out during summer time.

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