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Top Bridges to visit in Paris

With every bend, The River Seine is dotted with splendid bridges! From times immemorial, Kings, Emperors, and Presidents have been embellishing the glorious capital of the Realm and of the Republic with magnificent bridges. A grandiose museum of bridge structures in broad daylight!

Paris Bridges

If you are in search for some amazing wanderlust memories which guarantees you that they will last forever then it’s simply not worth it to look for places other than Paris. You won’t be frenzied, but you will be surprised and shocked both at the same time after seeing the Top Bridges to visit in Paris. Some of them are Alexandre III Bridge, Saint Louis Bridge, Archbishopric Bridge and Double Bridge. It is ensured that you will never feel bored wondering about what to do in Paris.


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Paris is one of the mesmerizing and widespread tourist spots that you cannot miss during your extended trip from hustles and bustles of work. From art to architecture, from a beautiful nature to the westernized spice of fashion and from Bizarre Bazars to magnificent and miraculous malls Paris has everything to make you feel adored. Some more top bridges to visit in Paris which will let you stay amazed for an instant are Carrousel Bridge, Royal Bridge, Solferino footbridge, Concorde Bridge, Invalides Bridge and Alma Bridge. A flavor of culture, cuisine, and literature and last but not the least the breathtaking the view of the whole city from the great Eiffel Tower, Paris has all to offer you.

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Pont d'Iéna (Iena Bridge)

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Pont d'Iéna (Iena Bridge)

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Passerelle Debilly (Debilly Footbridge)

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Passerelle Debilly (Debilly Footbridge)

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Pont de l’Alma (Alma Bridge)

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Pont de l’Alma (Alma Bridge)

Built in the 18th century on the orders of Napoleon III, the Pont de l’Alma is an arch bridge in western part of Paris crossing the Seine. The place was named to honor the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Russian army was defeated by the Franco British alliance in September 1854. Featuring the statue of a Zouave soldier, the Alma Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Paris. Since the bridge was too narrow to accommodate traffic; it underwent complete reconstruction in early 1970’s.

The four piers of the Alma Bridge were adorned with statues representing a regiment that fought during the Crimean war. However, only the statue of Zouave was preserved after the reconstruction. The other statues adorning the remaining three piers of the Alma Bridge – the Skirmisher, the Grenadier and the Artillery; were relocated to other places. The bridge is in close proximity of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, where the princess of Wales, Diana and her friend Dodi Fayed were fatally injured in a car accident in August 1997. The Flame of Liberty towards the north end of the bridge has become an unofficial memorial to the beautiful princess.

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Pont des Invalides (Invalides Bridge)

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Pont des Invalides (Invalides Bridge)

Built in the 18th century over the river Siene, Pont de Invalides is situated between Pont Alexandre and Pont de l’Alma in close proximity of a number of great attractions in Paris including Palais de la Decouverte science museum, Bateaux Mouches Boat cruises, Musee des Egouts Sewer Museum, Pont Alexandre III, Les Invalides, Flamme de la Liberte and Grand Palais.

The bridge was demolished and then reconstructed in 1854 for the upcoming World Fair in Paris. The bridge was designed by Jules Savarin and Paul Martin Gallocher de Lagalisserie, utilizing the old quays of the suspension bridge. The engineers added a new quay in the center to erect an arch bridge.

The central pier was adorned by two beautiful allegorical statues; the Land Victory by a French sculptor Nicolas-Victor Vilain and the Maritime Victory is the work of art by Georges Diebolt; whereas the old quays of the Invalides Bridge were adorned with sculptures of military trophies sculpted by Astyanax-Scévola Bosio – aFrench sculptor. Perhaps the best part about Pont des Invalides is that it is located in close proximity of three metro stations; Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau, Alma – Marceau and La Tour Mauborg located on line 8 of the Paris Métro.

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Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III Bridge)

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Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III Bridge)

One of the most elaborate and extravagant bridges in Paris, Pont Alexandre is a marvel of 19th century design and architecture. Named in honor of Tsar Alexandre III – a Russian emperor who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892; the beautiful bridge was inaugurated on the occasion of Universal Exhibition. The 17 meter high pylons on the extremities of the bridge are adorned with four golden equestrian statues of Pegasus Held by Fame.

Regarded as a French Monument Historique, the Alexander III Bridge is a deck arch bridge that spans the river Seine in Paris. The bridge connects the Invalides to the Grand Palais on the left bank and Petit Palais on the right bank. At the base of each of these columns, there are two more statues, France de la Renaissance statue sculpted by Jules Coutan and La France de Louis XIV sculpted by Laurent Marqueste. You’ll also find four lion statues sculpted by Jules Dalou and Georges Gardet – French Sculptors.

Pont Alexandre is in close proximity of some of the most visited places in Paris including Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte I, Jardins des Champs Elysees, Petit Palais, Les Invalides, River Seine, Grand Palais, and Avenue des Champs Elysees.

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Pont de la Concorde (Concorde Bridge)

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Pont de la Concorde (Concorde Bridge)

Conceived in 1772 by Jean Rodolphe Perronet, Concorde Bridge is a stone-arch bridge that crosses the Seine River at the Place de la Concorde. The construction of the bridge was completed in 1791. Originally, the bridge was named Pont Louis XVI. The bridge has been named Pont de la Concorde during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte I. In the year 1810, Napoleon I adorned the sides of the bridge with statues of French Generals that were killed in battles. Even though the bridge has changed over the period of years, it is regarded as one of the most extravagant monuments in Paris.

Since the bridge was too narrow to accommodate traffic, it had to be widened on both sides in 1930-1932. The expansion project was supervised by Malet and Deval who preserved the original neoclassical architecture of the bridge. In 1893, the bridge was renovated again in 1983. Pont de la Concorde is served by two metro stations, Concorde metro station and Assemblée nationale. Concorde Bridge is in close proximity of some great tourist attractions in Paris including Luxor Obelisk, Institut Neerlandis, River Seine, Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, and Avenue des Champs Elysees.

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Passerelle de Solférino, (Solferino footbridge)

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Passerelle de Solférino, (Solferino footbridge)

Previously called Pont Solferino or Passerelle Solferino, the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is a pedestrian bridge that is constructed in 1997-1999. It was given the name passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor in 2006 in honor of Lepold Sedar Senghor, a famous writer and politician who served for two decades as the first president of Senegal. Furthermore, he was the first African to be selected as a member of the Academia Francasise.

There used to a cast iron bridge at the location of the current bridge. It was constructed and inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1861 and was named Pont Solferino after the Battle of Solferino. The current Passerelle de Solferino Bridge links the Musee d’Orsay and the Jardin des Tuileries which was built in 1997-1999 by a French architect and engineer Marc Mimram.

The architecturally unique bridge crosses the Seine River with a single span and has no piers. The metallic bridge is covered beautifully in Tabebuias woods – a Brazilian tree; giving it a nice warm appearance.
The Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor bridge is in close proximity of some of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris including Musee du Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Tuileries Gardens, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Musee National de la Legion d’ Honneur, Thomas Jefferson statue and Jeu de Paume.

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Pont Royal

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Pont Royal

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Pont du Carrousel (Carrousel Bridge)

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Pont du Carrousel (Carrousel Bridge)

Sometimes called Pont du Louvre, the Carrousel Bridge is a beautiful bridge in Paris that crosses the Seine River between the Quai Voltaire and Quai des Tuileries. The current bridge was constructed in 1935-1939, a few meters away from its original location to make it more in line with the famous Louvre Museum.

After being used for decades, the wooden elements of the Carrousel Bridge were replaced with iron in 1906. However, the bridge was too narrow to accommodate traffic. So it was decided to build a new structure of the bridge a few meters away from the old bridge and with greater headroom on the river.

The bridge is adorned with four beautiful stone statues that were sculpted by Louis Petitot. These were moved along with the bridge to the new location. After relocation, the bridge directly links with the entrance to Musee du Louvre or Louvre Museum where the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - a triumphal arch stands.

Pont du Carrousel is located in close proximity of a number of popular tourist attractions including Institut de France, Musee du Louvre, Marina de Paris, Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel, Pont Royal, Pont des Arts and Musee d’Orsay. Palais Royal – Musee du Louvre is located very close to Pont du Carrousel.

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Pont des Arts (Arts Bridge)

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Pont des Arts (Arts Bridge)

Pont des Arts or the Arts Bridge is a pedestrian foot bridge that crosses the Seine River like most bridges in Paris. The bridge is famous all over the world as the Bridge of Love. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the place to attach love lovelocks or padlocks to the railings of the bridge and then throwing their keys in the Seine River to declare their love for each other. The bridge connects the central square of the Palais du Louvre and Institit de France.

The bridge that you see today was built in 1981-1984 in accordance with the design structure of Louis Arrectche, who proposed to reduce the number of arches in the new design to seven. The original design of the bridge had nine arches. The old architecture of Pont des Arts or the Arts Bridge was preserved while at the same time realigning the modified structure with the Pont Neuf. The newly constructed bridge was inaugurated by Jacques Chirac – the mayor of Paris in 1984. The Arts Bridge is located in close proximity of a number of popular tourist destinations including Pont Neuf bridge, The Institut de France, Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel, River Seine and the Musee du Louvre Museum.