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This much-photographed Parisian landmark links the Seine's left and right banks by way of the Île de la Cite. Completed in 1607, it found immediate favor with residents, and its 12 arched segments still render it a solid yet graceful presence on the river. Although the bridge is Paris's oldest, its name translates as "new bridge," which refers to its "modern," circa 1607 features. Its innovations included a paved deck and the absence of residences along both sides, which meant that views of the river could be highlighted and that folks of all classes could gather on and around it. Where the bridge touches the Île de la Cite is a bronze statue of horse-mounted Henri IV, who was... Read More

This much-photographed Parisian landmark links the Seine's left and right banks by way of the Île de la Cite. Completed in 1607, it found immediate favor with residents, and its 12 arched segments still render it a solid yet graceful presence on the river. Although the bridge is Paris's oldest, its name translates as "new bridge," which refers to its "modern," circa 1607 features. Its innovations included a paved deck and the absence of residences along both sides, which meant that views of the river could be highlighted and that folks of all classes could gather on and around it. Where the bridge touches the Île de la Cite is a bronze statue of horse-mounted Henri IV, who was in power when the Pont Neuf made its premiere.

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