Pont au Change

Originally built in wood in the 9C, it has been rebuilt a number of times. The present bridge dates from 1860. Opening onto the place du Châtelet, the bridge affords a fine view of the Conciergerie, the île de la Cité, Pont-Neuf and the Eiffel Tower. It owes its name to the exchange set up in 1141 by Louis VII: foreigners had to exchange their foreign currency before entering Paris.

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Address:

Pont-au-Change, 75001 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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