Pont Saint-Michel, Paris

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Pont Saint-Michel is a bridge linking the Place Saint-Michel on the left bank of the river Seine to the Île de la Cité. It was named after the nearby chapel of Saint-Michel. It is near Sainte Chapelle and the Palais de Justice. The present 62-metre-long bridge dates to 1857.HistoryFirst constructed in 1378, it has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1857.The medieval bridgeThe construction of a stone bridge was decided upon in 1378 by the Parlement de Paris after an accord with the chapter of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, the provost of Paris, and the city's merchants. A location downstream of Petit-Pont was chosen, on the line of Rue Saint-Denis, from the Grand-Pont on the right bank and of Rue de la Harpe on the left bank. This allowed for a direct route across Île de la Cité.The provost, Hugues Aubriot, was charged with overseeing the project, which was funded by the king. Construction lasted from 1379 to 1387. Once complete, the Parisians named the bridge Pont-Neuf (New Bridge, but it should not be confused with the present-day Pont-Neuf), Petit-Pont-Neuf (Little New Bridge) or Pont Saint-Michel dit le Pont-Neuf (St. Michael's Bridge, known as the 'New' Bridge).
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  • This bridge was built on the orders of Napoleon III. On it you can see the imperial venzel of two letters N. This bridge leads to the Latin quarter. It connects the island of Cite with St. Michel's Square. When you walk on this bridge, you immediately remember Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris." After all, this is where Esmeralda's date with Phoebus took place. Here Frolo stabbed the poor man with a dagger.
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  • It is located in the historic center of Paris, and unites the Latin Quarter with the Ile de la Cité, where The Cathedral of Notre Dame is located. Its original construction dates back to the 14th century, and over time it had several restorations. The current bridge consists of 3 arches, and is decorated with medallions typical of the imperial era
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