Completed in 1900, the Pont Alexandre III is the longest and most monumental bridge in Paris. It connects the Les Invalides area with the Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts and the Petit Palais.
The bridge, which offers some truly fabulous views of the city, is flanked by four massive columns (17 meters high) that are decorated with bronze Pegasuses. The decoration is grandiose: statues of lions, immense sculptures, gorgeous lamps, and thirty-two bronze candelabras are only some of what you’ll find.
The wooden arts bridge crosses the Seine, connecting the Louvre to the Institute of France (seen in the photo). What I love about this bridge is its location. It is well located and you won't deviate much from the classic circuit of the Louvre, Tuileries, Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe to see it.
Despite the name, this is the oldest bridge in Paris. Construction began in 1578 and was led by Baptiste du Cerceau and Pierre des Iles. It was the first bridge made of stone (the others were wooden) and connected the Île de la Cité with the rest of the city. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1889 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Over the years, it has been a source of inspiration for artists like Renoir, Victor Hugo and Kenzo, the latter of whom covered the bridge entirely with flowers in 1994.
Walking around Paris is what you have, you can reach beautiful and cozy corners every two steps and even better if you walk by the river Seine. I have featured the Tournelle Bridge or the Pont de la Tournelle as the French would say. It is a Parisian bridge whose main characteristic is that it unites the districts IV and V in Paris. It crosses the Seine, is about 122 m and an arch bridge. I will tell you a little history. Its name is due to the proximity of a tower that is part of the wall of Philip Augustus and later replaced by a small castle. As you can see in the photos, a pillar represents the statue of St. Genevieve (the patron saint of Paris). A stroll around Paris is full of beautiful surprises.
In that city, on that bridge, with those views ... I met the most beautiful girl in the world! The several times we returned in Paris, we always had a bottle of wine on the bridge of the Invalides, our favorite corner.
The Passarelle Debilly is a pedestrian bridge which crosses the River Seine from Avenue New York to Quai Branly. Paris has tons of beautiful and historic bridges but the Passarelle Debilly is definitely not one of them, at least not from an architectural viewpoint. What it does offer, though is one of the most spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine that you can find anywhere in the city. If you have luck and it’s a sunny day, it’s literally the perfect photo of the Eiffel Tower, and you won’t have tons of gawking tourists in the foreground like you will in the Champs du Mars.
The tower is close, but not too close that you have to strain your neck to see it, and it framed by the gently curving river, the tree-lined quais, and the river barges slowly making their way up and down the Seine. Add in the obligatory love locks that span the bridge and you really have Paris in a nutshell. Again, I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to visit the Passarelle Debilly but if you’re in the area or are heading to the Eiffel Tower on foot, it’s a great place to stop by to snap a few photos and enjoy the magnificent views.