Pont des Arts Footbridge

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This bridge was the first in France to be made of cast iron. Reserved exclusively for pedestrians since it was built in 1803, it is a pleasant place to linger, with benches offering superb views in both directions along the river, taking in the Louvre and Pont du Carrousel downstream and the Pont Neuf and buildings on the Île de la Cité, including Notre-Dame, upstream. The bridge is popular with young musicians and artists.

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Address:

Passerelle des Arts, 75006 Paris

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The 37 bridges of Paris

Unlike many other great world capitals whose rivers flow apart from the modern centre, the River Seine has always had pride of place in Paris. Indeed, the Seine’s Île de la Cité is still today one of the city’s geographical and institutional hubs. It’s no wonder, then, that Paris has so many bridges - 37 as of 2006 - to attest to the great river’s determining role in its history.
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