Pont Royal, Paris!

The whole world comes to Paris , yes it is nice, I just wish they see my belle France. Ok so here I am inspire again on writing about the different spots around my eternal Paris. 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 Royal!

The Pont Royal crosses the Seine. It is the third oldest bridge in the city, after the Pont Neuf and the Pont Marie. It connects the right bank at the Pavillon de Flore (Louvre) to the left bank between rue du Bac and rue de Beaune. Its neighbors are, upstream, the pont du Carrousel, and downstream, the Passarelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor footbridge. This site is served by the Tuileries metro line 1 station. This bridge bears this name because it ends at the former Palais des Tuileries (see post).

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A ferry to cross the Seine is authorized by letters patent by King Henri II, September 9, 1550. After having witnessed an accident of the ferry crossing the Seine in the extension of the rue du Bac during a walk, Louis XIII decided to build a bridge at this location. In 1632, undertook the construction of a wooden toll bridge on this site, which will be called “Pont Sainte-Anne ” in reference to Anne of Austria, “Pont rouge , because of its color or ” pont Le Barbier ”, named after the financier who was the first property developer in Paris. It replaces the old Bac des Tuileries (ferry flat boat), to which the rue du Bac owes its name, which had offered crossings since 1550.

Fragile, this bridge of fifteen arches will be repaired for the first time in 1649, completely redone two years later, burnt down in 1654, washed away by water in 1656. The bridge is again rebuilt in 1660 in wood, consolidated in 1673 and finally washed away by the ice break-up, on the night of February 28 to 29, 1684. Madame de Sévigné reported this destruction and wrote: “The Red Bridge was leaving (going) for Saint-Cloud”. The bridge lost eight of its arches there.

It was replaced between October 25, 1685 and June 13, 1689 by a stone bridge entirely funded by King Louis XIV, which earned it its name of “Pont Royal.” In the 18C, it was a favorite place for all kinds of Parisian festivals and celebrations. On July 11, 1791, the procession carrying the ashes of Voltaire passes by the bridge. After the French revolution, between 1792 and 1804, the bridge was renamed “pont National”, then “Pont des Tuileries”, until 1814. It was there that Napoleon Bonaparte ordered cannons to be used to defend the Palais des Tuileries palace where the sieges were located as well as the National Convention and the Committee of Public Safety led by Maximilien de Robespierre.

The number of spans are 5 with a central arch of 23.4 meters, intermediate arches of 22.4 meters, and edge arches of 20.80 meters at the level of seat of the bridge piers; After that of Pont de la Tournelle, a hydrographic scale which indicates the level of the biggest Parisian floods is visible on the last pile of each bank. The particularity of the Pont Royal is the sobriety of its decoration. There is a nice favorite painting of it by Camille Pissaro, Le Pont Royal et le Pavillon de Flore, 1903, oil on canvas, at the Petit-Palais in Paris.

The Paris tourist office on the Pont Royal in English: Paris tourist office on the Pont Royal

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 Royal of Paris!

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

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3 Comments to “Pont Royal, Paris!”

  1. I read yesterday that the French are discovering France, that restricted from travelling outside their country by Covid, they are discovering how nice it is at home. Do you agree?

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