Pont de l'Archevêché

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Pont de l'Archevêché
Pont de l'archevêché vu du quai de la tournelle-20050628.jpg
A photograph of the Pont de l'Archevêché from Quai de la Tournelle. Notre Dame de Paris can be seen in the background.
Other name(s) Padlock Bridge
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses River Seine
Locale Paris, France
Design Arch bridge
Material stone
Total length 68 m (223 feet)
Width 17 m (56 feet)
Toll Free both ways
Coordinates Coordinates: 48°51′5.82″N 2°21′5.73″E / 48.8516167°N 2.3515917°E / 48.8516167; 2.3515917

The Pont de l'Archevêché (Archbishop's Bridge) is a bridge crossing the Seine river in Paris, France.

Location[edit]

The bridge links the 4th Arrondissement, at the Île de la Cité, to the 5th Arrondissement, between the quai de Montebello and the quai de la Tournelle.

Access[edit]

Located near the metro stationMaubert-Mutualité.

History[edit]

Pont de l'Archevêché covered with 'love padlocks' - 2012

The Pont de l'Archevêché is the narrowest road bridge in Paris. It was built in 1828, by the engineer Plouard, for the society Pont des Invalides after the demolition of the suspension bridge at Les Invalides.

The bridge is 68 meters long. It is composed of three arches of stone measuring heights of 15, 17, and 15 meters. The bridge commonly seen in the background of the set on Highlander when the show was set in Paris. After the Pont des Arts was cleared of its display of padlocks in 2010, and similarly the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, lovers started to place their 'love padlocks' on this bridge. The original two bridges for this were footbridges, but this one, albeit narrow, is a road bridge.

In the end of 2013, a Parisian student photographed around 16,800 love locks of the bridge and displayed them on a website, allowing everyone to discover the creativity of lovers.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

  • Type of construction : Arch bridge
  • Construction : 1828
  • Architect : Plouard
  • Material : stone
  • Total Length : 68 m
  • Width : 17 m
  • Usable width : 11m

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Location[edit]

Bridge location on the Seine:

Bridge location
Downstream:
Pont au Double
Paris-Ponts-Tournelle.png Upstream:
Pont de la Tournelle