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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  • The History of the creation, restoration and repair of bridges on this site dates back to the 14th century. The Current Stone Bridge (Pont Saint-Michel) has a distinctive feature-on its pillars are bas-reliefs with symbols reminiscent of the imperial emblem of Napoleon ("N"). This architectural detail has attracted attention.
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  • Pont Saint-Michel could be considered as a beautiful bridge on its own, however if you compare it to Pont Neuf or Pont des Arts it is less interesting and a lot of traffic is running on the bridge. It...  more »
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