HD Photos of the Pont Neuf Bridge in Paris - Page 1
While we were in Paris making our way to Notre Dame, we had to cross the River Seine on to the Ile de la Cite Island, and the bridge that we wanted to use is the oldest bridge in Paris called the Pont Neuf, which connects the Ile de la Cite Island to both banks of the River Seine, and as you can see from these high definition photos this is a very solid built bridge with a central coble street and wide footpaths for pedestrians.
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Photo of Pont Neuf Bridge over the River Seine connecting to the Ile de la Cite Island
Going on a sightseeing tour or a dinner cruise on the River Seine is a fabulous experience not to be missed, and with companies offering commentary in different languages you can also discover more about the many historical monuments you will get to see, just like the Pont Neuf bridge that you can see in this HD photo, which spans from one side of the river to the other meeting on the Ile de la Cite.
Picture showing houseboats moored up on the River Seine near to the Pont Neuf Bridge
There are numerous different houseboats that you will see moored along the River Seine, and this is a photo we took of some these situated on the left bank looking towards the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, and the beautiful trees you can see to the very left of this image form part of the Square du Vert Galant at the very tip of the Ile de la Cite island the Vedettes du Pont Neuf.
This HD photo shows the part of the Pont Neuf Bridge that connects to the River Seines left bank
Here you can see a photo of the Pont Neuf bridge section with its five arches that travels from the Ile de la Cite island to the left bank of the River Seine, and although this bridge is the oldest in Paris, there is actually not much of the original that still remains due to the amount of repairs that have been done over the years, especially during the 1800s, and more restoration work was carried out from 1990 through to 2007 when it became 400 years old.
Picture of the cobbled road and wide pedestrian pathways on the Pont Neuf Bridge
We took this photo while standing on the Pont Neuf close to where the equestrian statue of King Henri IV stands, which would be to the left of this image, and this is a view looking towards the right bank showing the famous Samaritaine building that was named after a pump that was originally placed above one of the arches on the Pont Neuf to supply water to The Louvre palace and the Tuileries from the River Seine.
In this picture you can see some of the ornate lamp posts that run along each side of the Pont Neuf Bridge
Even though Pont Neuf translates to New Bridge, it is in fact the oldest bridge in Paris still remaining and has been classed as a historical monument, but was named as such by King Henri IV because it was the widest at the time, had no houses constructed on it and was the first ever to have proper paving, and this is a photo we took showing a part of the wide path and the ornate lamp posts that were added many, many years later.
Photograph of the Pont Neuf Bridge taken from the right bank of the River Seine
On a lovely summers day we took this photo of the Pont Neuf from the right bank of the River Seine, which is the longest arm of the river, and going over to the Ile de la Cite island, this section of the bridge has seven arches, yet if you look carefully you may be able to make out the statue of King Henri IV to the right of this picture facing the entrance to the Place Dauphine.
Photo of Pont Neuf Bridge connecting to the Ile de la Cite
Being the oldest bridge over the River Seine, the Pont Neuf was first thought of during the reign of King Henri II, but the first stone was eventually laid by his son, and it has seven arches on one side, which is the main branch of the river that you can see in this image, and connecting on the island to the middle, to the left of the picture, then there are another five arches that go across to the opposite bank.
Picture showing one of the bastions that run along each side of the Pont Neuf Bridge
This photo shows one of the bastions as they are known, which are one of the many semi-circular areas that jut out from the path and provide seating areas on the Pont Neuf bridge, and these have become meeting points and ideal for tourists wishing to take pictures along the River Seine, yet in times gone by, they were frequented by street peddlers, tooth poolers, charletans and many other shady characters you would not want to bump into on a dark night.
Photo showing just some of the 300 mascarons on the Pont Neuf Bridge
This is a closer view of the piers and bastilions of the Pont Neuf bridge, and as you can see in this image, there are numerous different stone masks or faces that all seem to look like they are grimacing, and known as mascarons, the sides of this historical bridge over the River Seine has over 300 of these, and from what we saw, they are all slightly different from each other.
Close up HD photo of lamp post on the Pont Neuf Bridge
Here you can see a close up photo we took showing the base of one of the ornate lamp posts that adorn the Pont Neuf, which is in fact the oldest bridge in Paris that goes over the River Seine, even though the name translates to New Bridge, and it was the first one to be constructed without having any houses built on it.
The Pont Neuf the oldest bridge in Paris
At the time the Pont Neuf was constructed, it was the widest bridge over the River Seine and the very first one to be paved, and always had much traffic in the form of horses and carts, yet the Parisians were truly pleased with the Pont Neuf, as not only did it provide views of the river, but also the bastions, which are the semi circular parts jutting out that you can see in this picture, we a great place for people to step out of the way of traffic.
Photo showing the Pont Neuf Bridge with its equestrian statue of King Henri IV
This is a photo of the Pont Neuf looking towards the Ile de la Cite island and the square where you will find the equestrian statue of King Henri IV, to the left of the picture, who was the person that inaugurated the bridge back in 1603 and also gave it its name, yet if you looking carefully, you will also see one of the sightseeing cruise boats of the Vedettes du Pont Neuf sitting at their dock in between the stone arches.
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