Pont Louis-Philippe

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Pont Louis-Philippe
Pont Louis-Philippe Paris FRA 001.JPG
Pont Louis-Philippe
Coordinates48°51′14″N 02°21′16″E / 48.85389°N 2.35444°E / 48.85389; 2.35444
CarriesMotor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crossesthe River Seine
LocaleParis, France
Official namePont Louis-Philippe
Next upstreamPont Marie
Next downstreamPont Saint-Louis
Pont d'Arcole
DesignArch Bridge
Total length100 metres (330 ft)
Width15.2 metres (50 ft)
Construction start1860
Construction end1862

The Pont Louis-Philippe is a bridge across the River Seine in Paris. It is located in the 4th arrondissement, and it links the Quai de Bourbon on the Île Saint-Louis with the Saint-Gervais neighborhood on the right bank.


On 29 July 1833, to celebrate his accession to the throne following the "Trois Glorieuses" (the three glorious days of the July Revolution), Louis-Philippe laid the first stone for a previously-nameless suspension bridge, located on the extension of the Rue du Pont Louis Philippe. Built by Marc Seguin and his brothers, it crossed the Seine to the Île Saint-Louis. It was opened to traffic one year later, on 26 July 1834. After the French Revolution of 1848 (during which the bridge and its tollhouses were burnt down), it was restored and renamed "Pont de la Réforme", a name it held until 1852.

View of Notre Dame from the Pont Louis-Philippe

In the face of increased traffic (the tollhouses had not been restored), it was demolished to be replaced by the present structure in 1860. This new structure, an arch bridge, was built by the engineers, Edmond-Jules Féline-Romany and Jules Savarin, between August 1860 and April 1862, a little further upstream than its predecessor. The Pont Louis-Philippe was inaugurated in April 1862. The spandrels above the four-metre-wide piers in the Seine are decorated with stone laurel wreaths surrounding metallic rosettes.

The only modification since then (unlike its much-modified contemporary, the Pont de Bercy) was the replacement of the stone guardrails (badly damaged by pollution) with replica railings in 1995.

The bridge at night

Metro station[edit]

Location on the Seine

The Pont Louis-Philippe is:

Located near the Métro stationPont Marie.
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It is served by line 7.


  • Felix and Louis Lazare, Dictionnaire historique des rues et monuments of Paris in 1855 with plans for 48 neighborhoods, Maisonneuve & Larose, 796 p. (ISBN 2-86877-184-X).

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