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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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  • The bridge on this place was many centuries ago (in the 12th century it was exactly), but it burned down. The current bridge was built under Napoleon 3 in 1858-1860. Hence the letter N on it.
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  • Another one of the beautiful bridges of Paris. This has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, due to several floods in the River Seine.
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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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