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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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  • The bridge is very nice, not the best in Paris but still has a very nice view of Notre-Dame. You probably cross it a few times during your stay!!  more »
  • As a former resident of Ile St. Louis, I've crossed this work-a-day bridge hundreds of times, linking the island to the Left Bank. There is traffic. Good spot for a photo of Notre Dame or the Seine.  more »
  • There are other bridges in Paris that look better than this one, but still is a cool place to see. Here you'll have a view of the Notre Dame cathedral, instead of the Eiffel Tower. Also great for pict...  more »
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  • Beautiful panorama of Notre Dame de Paris. Nearby quais good for spending a nice afternoon with friends.
  • 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.
  • Very nice place. Lovers bridge
  • The banks underneath the bridge offer many good spots for hanging out during summer time.
  • A nice typical parisian vue on the scene, located just between 2 of the most interesting districts of the city!