Pont d’Arcole, Paris!

Ok so here I am inspire again on writing about the different spots around my eternal Paris. The whole world comes to Paris , yes it is nice, I just wish they see my belle France. As said, Hemingway wrote the Movable Feast printed posthume, if he had traveled more he would have written a second volume, France is a movable feast!

Having said that, let me tell you about some of the bridges of Paris, sublime, beautiful, architecturally stunning and full of wonderful history. And why not start with the Pont d’Arcole!

Pont d’Arcole: The first permanent bridge connecting the City Hall of Paris (Hôtel de Ville) and the Île de la Cité was built in 1828. This small pedestrian bridge with a central pillar was replaced by a wider and stronger bridge in 1854. The for its time advanced bridge with no central pillar still stands today.

The Pont d’Arcole crosses the great arm of the Seine, at the Ile de la Cité. This site is served by the Hôtel de Ville metro station lines 1 and 11. It links the City/Town Hall on the right bank to the Hôtel-Dieu on the Ile de la Cité. The Pont d’Arcole is the first iron bridge in Paris; 20 meters wide and comprising a metal structure in the form of a single arch with a range of 80 meters located between two abutments in cut stone, it was completed in 1856. Its construction lasted less than three months. The name comes from the battle of the Pont d’Arcole won by Napoleon Bonaparte over the Austrians in 1796.


It was only in 1827 that a royal ordinance authorized the construction of the Pont d’Arcole bridge between the Place de l’Hotel de Ville and the Île de la Cité. Built in 1828, a footbridge was opened to traffic on December 21 of that same year. This suspension bridge is made up of two spans of around 40 meters. It is only 3.50 meters wide between the railings and is reserved for pedestrians. The footbridge was first called “Pont de la Grève” during its first two years. It then takes its current name.

In 1854, it was replaced by a metal structure, more solid and allowing the passage of vehicles. The Pont d’Arcole is therefore innovative: it is the first bridge without support on the Seine entirely made of iron and no longer of cast iron. However, on February 16, 1888 the bridge suddenly collapsed by 20 cm, and must then be consolidated.

It was by the Pont d’Arcole that the first tanks of the 2nd Armored Division of General Leclerc arrived during the liberation of Paris in August 1944, on the place de l’Hôtel de Ville. It was only between 1994 and 1995 that the City of Paris had the deck repaired completely, reviewing the waterproofing and painting of the bridge at the same time. In 2012, the City of Paris renovated the illuminations on the Pont d’Arcole to reduce the energy consumption of the structure by 90%!

And there you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Paris, once bitten, the virus of love stays with you. Hope you enjoy the post on the Pont d’Arcole of Paris!

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

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: