Bridge

Plan for the Pont-Neuf, 1577, Carnavalet museum - ©Mbzt / CC-BY Plan for the Pont-Neuf, 1577, Carnavalet museum - ©Mbzt / CC-BY

The Pont-Neuf is Paris’ oldest bridge! The first stone of the current bridge was laid down with great pomp and ceremony on May 31th 1578, by king Henri III. His better half Louise de Vaudémont, his...

The bridge in the 17th c - ©The British Library / Public domain The bridge in the 17th c - ©The British Library / Public domain

It was the French chronicler Pierre de l’Estoile who told about this history in his Journal: it took place on the Saint-Michel bridge, in 1593... An Italian man fell madly in love with the wife of a...

De casibus virorum illustrium, 15th c - ©The British Library / Public domain De casibus virorum illustrium, 15th c - ©The British Library / Public domain

Payer en monnaie de singe, "to fob somebody off"... well, a pretty famous French expression! But do you know it comes from the Petit-Pont in Paris? We learn that in the book Histoire de Paris et de...

St-Bernard gate and la Tournelle - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain St-Bernard gate and la Tournelle - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

Chains and towers Tournelle? An old square tower from the medieval wall put up by king Philippe Auguste in 1185... which stood on the corner of the current bridge, on the quai de la Tournelle.This...

The bridge - ©ignis / CC-BY-SA The bridge - ©ignis / CC-BY-SA

Raising bridges Pont-Saint-Esprit was called Saint-Saturnin-du-Port in the Middle Ages. From September 1265, Alphonse of Poitiers (king of France saint Louis’ brother) launched the construction of a...

The bridge - ©Petr1888 / CC-BY-SA The bridge - ©Petr1888 / CC-BY-SA

A bridge... 6 arches, 500 metres long: one of the most beautiful bridges in France, because very old and well-preserved! This Gothic building over the river Tarn was raised by pope Urban V. Why did...

The bridge - ©Carole Raddato / CC-BY-SA The bridge - ©Carole Raddato / CC-BY-SA

A bridge for a great man The bridge was named after the one who raised it in the 1st century: a Roman priest who gave lot of money for the construction of 2 triumphal arches, on the tips of a bridge...

The bridge - ©Frédérique PANASSAC / CC-BY-SA The bridge - ©Frédérique PANASSAC / CC-BY-SA

The bridge Oh, it only remain an arch and a fortified gate, from this bridge raised between the 12th and the 13th century over a mountain stream… The rest was destroyed by a water flood in the 18th...

The bridge - ©PMRMaeyaert / CC-BY-SA The bridge - ©PMRMaeyaert / CC-BY-SA

The bridge The French historian Prosper Mérimée described it like ″a ribbon over a precipice″. Yes! A real architectural exploit! This amazing bridge was raised between 1320 and 1340. It has an only...

The bridge - ©Torsade de Pointes / CC0 The bridge - ©Torsade de Pointes / CC0

The Roman bridge "These big blocks of stone, standing since ages in middle of an Alpin torrent’s fury, inspire respect", said French writer Stendhal in his Mémoires d’un touriste, part 1. Oh, this...


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