Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features le Pont Neuf in Paris. I bought the postcard during my first trip to France in 1995.
- Le Pont Neuf (“the new bridge”) was constructed between 1578 and 1607, making it the oldest bridge over the Seine River in Paris
- The bridge has five arches that connect the Ile de la Cité to the left bank (Rive Gauche) and seven arches that connect the Ile de la Cité to the right bank (Rive Droite)
- Restoration of the bridge began in 1994 and completed in 2007 in time for its 400th anniversary
The postcard also features the Conciergerie, the medieval palace that was converted to a Palace of Justice and then a prison during the French Revolution.
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Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!