Photographer's Note

Pont des Arts

My photo
When I was in Paris I try to be at this bridge at sunset,enjoying the charming atmosphere, with music and picnics, being the traditional a good election of cheese
During the day its view is very nice with the padlocks shinning at the sun and also music, picnics and people attaching locks, looking for their old ones, taken photos
It was almost 10 in the evening when leaving it, I turned back and saw this sunset with people silhouettes still on the bridge

Love and the bridge
Paris is the latest in a string of tourist sites to be struck by the love lock madness, whose origins are unclear

In the world
In Pécs, southern Hungary, lovers have been clamping padlocks to a fence in a street linking the mosque in the city's main square and its medieval cathedral since the 1980s as a sign of commitment.

In Florence, Italy, love padlocks have been affixed to the railing at the center of the Ponte Vecchio

Lock-struck sweethearts also favor Mount Huang, China, where it is customary to '"lock your soul" together and then throw the key over the edge of the cliff into the misty valleys below

In Russia, newlyweds have placed so many padlocks on the Luzhkov bridge in downtown Moscow that authorities have installed a tree-like iron bar structures for them to hang locks on

History of The Pont des Arts

This structure goes back to 1804 when Napoleon, then the First Consul, wanted Paris to have a metal bridge. However, it was built later and was less audacious than Colebrockdale Bridge in England, the first of its kind.In fact it was a pedestrian footbridge, originally with a one-penny toll, built by the engineers Louis-Alexandre de Cessart and Jacques Lacroix-Dillon. The elegance of its architecture and the great delicacy of the steel sections make it a structure of rare lightness, elevated in relation to the piers.
The name Pont des Arts (Arts Bridge) comes from the former name of the Palais du Louvre (Louvre Palace), or Palais des Arts (Arts Palace) during the First Empire, which it linked to the Collège des Quatre-Nations (College of Four Nations), which is today the Institute.
It was a real hanging garden with bushes, flowers and benches for walkers.
Although it was rebuilt during the Second Empire, the original structure of the footbridge was too light and its nine arches obstructed river traffic.
After being damaged several times by barges, it was closed in 1970 for safety reasons.
Ten years later, when the reconstruction project by the architect, Louis Arretche, was being formulated, certain historians and navigation services pleaded for the structure not to be rebuilt since it would have spoil the views of the Louvre.

The new footbridge, finished in 1985 on seven steel arches supporting a wooden decking that is 11 m wide and has only seven arches instead of nine.
The original structure that was demolished in 1981 and dated from 1804 was made of nine cast iron arches, of which the two Left Bank arches had been replaced by a single puddle steel arch when the Quai Conti (Conti Quay) was extended.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2088 W: 17 N: 4179] (17070)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-07-19
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/30 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-09 15:07
Viewed: 1976
Points: 52
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