Passarelle Solférino , Paris!

Well yes , so much to write on my eternal Paris, having been lucky to have lived near and worked in it for several years. One of its most emblematic sights are the bridges crossing the Seine river from rive gauche to rive droite. I have written on the bridges before but missed one very important one me think.

Let me tell you about one particular footbridge that was very unfamous for its load of padlocks and gladly now gone. Oh yes Solférino well that is the name I came to know it ,however, now it is name the Passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor footbridge.

The first bridge, 106 meters long, the Passarelle Solférino bridge, made of cast iron and inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1861, had three arches on masonry piers. It was destroyed and replaced in 1961 by a pedestrian steel footbridge resting on two piles of concrete built about thirty meters upstream and demolished in turn in 1992. Its name recalls the battle of Solferino of June 25, 1859 during which Napoleon III defeated the Austrians The footbridge is located downstream from the Pont Royal bridge and upstream from the Pont de la Concorde bridge.

Formerly the Passarelle Solférino footbridge, the bridge was renamed the Léopold Sédar Senghor footbridge in tribute to the Senegalese poet and head of state, French academician on October 9, 2006.

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The Passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor footbridge links the Musée d’Orsay and the Quai Anatole-France on the left bank to the Jardin des Tuileries and the Quai des Tuileries on the right bank, it is accessible by pedestrian way from the top and bottom platforms and connect the port of Solférino 7éme to the port of Tuileries 1éme. Built on two levels which meet in the central part, the footbridge serves, on each bank, the banks of the Seine and the quays proper. At each of its ends, the foundations in the form of concrete pillars sink fifteen meters underground and its structure is an assembly of six 150-ton elements manufactured by établissements Eiffel. It offers benches to walkers who can join the Jardin des Tuileries via the right bank underground.

Some of the remarkable events listed everywhere for the passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor are: While looking at the Seine river and the overcast sky from the passarelle Solferino bridge, one evening, that the French composer Claude Debussy had the idea of writing Nuages, one of his Nocturnes. In 2011, the Gainsbourg 20 years collection made the catwalk part of the filming of the Requiem pour un con (idiot) in tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. In 2014, artist Christina Goh filmed the video for the jazz L’Instant.

You get there walking of course, but if far you can take the no see metro Solférino line 12; however, better on the bus lines 68 (Place de Clichy –Châtillon/Montrouge metro stop Solférino-Bellechasse or Musée d’Orsay) and 69 (Champ de Mars-Gambetta, stop Solférino-Bellechasse or Musée d’Orsay). Also, the RER C stop Musée d’Orsay.

More on the Paris tourist office here: Paris tourist office on the passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor

Complete information on the Seine river bridges of Paris from the city of Paris in French here: City of Paris and its bridges

An oldie but worth remembering me think is the group form No Love Locks several years back by a couple of expats whose love of Paris and France made them French citizen and sadly one of them died of cancer.  It is much better now thanks to their effort a sparkling clean bridge with no pad locks !!! Their webpage in a sort of memories of a battle worth fought and won is here: No Love Locks Solférino Paris

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And there you go folks another dandy in the most beautiful city in the world…Paris! And a wonderful footbridge and great area of wonders in architecture and history; hope you enjoy the post as I did.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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