The Pont Neuf or ‘New Bridge’ is actually the oldest bridge in Paris. This is a must-see bridge in Paris if you are looking for things to do or see near the Louvre and Notre Dame de Paris. The Pont Neuf is composed of two separate spans, one consists of five arches joining the left bank to the Île de la Cité, while the other consists of seven arches joining the island to the right bank. Old engraved maps of Paris show how, when the Pont Neuf was built, it just barely touched the downstream tip of the Île de la Cité; since then, the natural sandbar building of a mid-river island and the stone-faced embankments called quais, have helped to extend the island. The tip of the island is currently the location of the Square du Vert-Galant, a park named in honour of Henry IV, nicknamed the “Green Gallant”.
The Pont Neuf has had heavy traffic since its construction and it was for a long time the widest bridge in Paris. The bridge has undergone much repair and renovation work, including rebuilding of seven spans in the long arm and lowering of the roadway by changing the arches from an almost semi-circular to elliptical form (1848–1855), lowering of sidewalks and faces of the piers, spandrels, cornices and replacing crumbled corbels as closely to the originals as possible.
Planning a visit to the Pont Neuf in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need
12 Place du Pont Neuf 31000 Toulouse, France