The Pont Neuf in Paris is a perfect example of Royal architecture; though perhaps not the most beautiful or intricate in artistic terms, this bridge is the best-known. It was to become the main passageway for anyone travelling from the Louvre to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés abbey on the Left Bank.
Its name means the "new bridge", as it was of a new design and built entirely of stone. The bridge was commissioned in 1578 by Henry III, and was opened by Henry IV in 1606. In the middle of the bridge, which rests on the île de la Cité, you can see an equestrian statue of Henry IV. Being such a novel design, this bridge was much talked about at the time. People would gather there to attend plays, fairs and exhibitions. In 1990 a restoration campaign began and the Pont Neuf, now the oldest standing bridge in Paris, retains its former glory.
Pont Neufspecial selection of our hotels
Timhotel Le Louvre
Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame and Chatelet nearby. 20mn away from La Défense
Near the Louvre and the famous Rue de Rivoli and Rue Saint-Honoré, the Timhotel Le Louvre offers a location that's not only in the heart of Paris, but, more importantly, in the heart of French history. Here you can enjoy the cultural...
300 meters from the Louvre Museum
Timhotel Palais Royal
Near the Louvre and Chatelet. Very charming address. Guest rooms with AC
Not far from the famous Rue de Rivoli and Rue Saint-Honoré, the Timhotel Palais Royal is located in the historical and cultural centre of Paris. This art-deco-bedecked Haussmann-style hôtel de charme, which is near everything, will...
Next to the Palais Royal and Louvre Museum
Timhotel Odessa Montparnasse
Great location in the lively district of Montparnasse
Timhotel Odessa Montparnasse is located on the Odessa street in the Montparnasse district of the 14th arrondissement of Paris. A street where Breton creperies compete, and where business and art of living are one!
In the heart of theaters, shops and restaurants