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The Sentier: photo description (Pont au Change)

Changed the bridge connecting the Ile de La Cité with the right Bank of the Seine, near châtelet, is, like everything in Paris, a rich history.

First, in its place was a wooden bridge, built in the IX century. It led straight to the Royal Palace on the island. Bridge, as usual in those days, so densely built up with houses of four and even five floors, which passers-by were impossible to see at least a piece of the Seine. There was 140 112 houses and shops and workshops! The name the city got because of the fact that it was the commodity-money exchange.

In the XIV century the Royal residence was moved to the Louvre, and the road to the Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame began to pass through the bridge Changed. So it was decorated with sculptures of French kings. Now these sculptures are in the Louvre.

A bridge once burned, not once collapsed. This collapse described in the novel of Patrick Suskind "Perfume". The bridge played a role in the novel of Victor Hugo "Les Miserables" - it is from here rushed to Paris, inspector Javert. Bridge wrote the artists for the painting of Hubert Robert "the Demolition of houses on the Pont-AU-Change", which depicts the historic Paris event. The viewer as if standing with his back to the shore and sees a tall white mountain of broken limestone, from which were built the houses not yet torn down the walls, working on the disassembly, horse and cart waiting cargo. All it was - all the buildings demolished in 1786 when Louis XVI. You can imagine how bare it seemed to the citizens bridge without shops and homes!

The modern look of the bridge was acquired in the nineteenth century, when began the so-called "osmanische" of Paris. In 1858, during the reign of Napoleon III, old wooden structure was removed and for two years built a double bridge Saint-Michel, located across the street. Three-arch stone bridge with a length of 103 meters, though decorated with Imperial symbols, but, of course, is not so picturesque as the old covered houses. But it was modern and safe.