13 kilometres of footbridges guard Seine, protecting the City of Light.
Bridges, bridges as far as the eye can see!
There are over thirty bridges connecting the two sides of Paris separated by the Seine. The Pont Saint Michel, Pont des Arts, Pont Alexandre III, Pont d’Alma and Pont Neuf are just some of the most well-known. Approximately 13 kilometres of the Seine passes through the city, guarded by these picturesque footbridges, made from wood, stone or metal, depending on the era. The Pont de Alexandre III is perhaps the most stunning. Easily recognisable by its single metal arch, it is found between the Invalides complex and the Grand and Petit Palais. Its four 17 metre columns are crowned with winged, gilded statues, making for a truly unique monument. Other significant bridges include Pont Neuf, or Bridge Nine, which is definitely worth a visit for a closer look at its over 300 carved faces. Despite its name, this bridge is actually the oldest in the city and at 232 metres is also the longest. You’ll find it at the western end of the Île de la Cité.