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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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  • Pont au change is one of the most famous bridges in Paris. And not only because the bridge on this place is located from IX century, and not only because at one time it was Royal (on a bridge it is possible to walk from the right bank of the Seine to the royal palace on the island of Сite), but also because this bridge is repeatedly mentioned in Literary works of French classics... It was Pleasant to walk once again "on places of Literary heroes" Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas...
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  • One of the bridges across the island of Cité. The stone bridge, which is not so famous but has a profound feeling, is stately. I was able to calm down and enjoy the scenery of the River Seine from the bridge because there was a lot of traffic but the sidewalk was spacious. It is beautiful, coupled with the scenery of the bridge and the buildings, such as the stately courts on the side of the cite island.
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  • Visit it in late night to eye soothing lighting around.
  • This is a great place to get a good view of La Conciergerie and Seine. This bridge a the best access point to Île de la Cité including Notre-Dame, La Conciergerie, Notre-Dame catacombs, and Sainte-Chapelle.
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