Even though the bridge is called Pont Neuf or the New Bridge, it is one of the oldest bridges crossing the River Seine in Paris. The bridge was given this name to distinguish it from other older bridges. The bridge inaugurated in 1600 is one of the most popular and historical bridges in Paris. The construction of the bridge was completed during the reign of King Henri IV, even though when you take a close look at the history of the bridge, you’ll discover that the project was started during the reign of King Henri III and according to some history books well before that. The bridge underwent a complete restoration that started in 1994 and was completed in 2007; the year marked the 40oth anniversary of the bridge. And even though much of the New Bridge still has the same architecture and design that was in the original construction, many adjustments have been made to the design including arch adjustment and reducing the hump back of the bridge. Some of the most popular tourist attractions located near Pont Neuf include Notre Dame Cathedral, Equestrian Statue of King Henri IV, La Conciergerie, Vedettes du Pont Neuf boat cruises, Place Dauphine, Musee du Louvre, Place Dauphine, and Square du Vert Galant.