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Pont Louis Philippe

Pont Louis Philippe

At the same time as the existing Rue du Pont-Louis-Philippe was being pushed through in 1833, the decision was taken to build a bridge, the first stone of which was laid by Louis-Philippe on 29 July 1833. This structure, which was a suspended bridge with two spans, was not on the exact site of the present bridge and starting from the point at which the Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe comes out onto the embankment, it crossed the Seine diagonally to the Quai aux Fleurs, touching the tip of the Ile Saint-Louis, where it had a support tower in the form of a triumphal arch. During the 1848 revolution, the southern span was damaged by fire and once restored, it was renamed the "Pont de la Rforme" until 1852. Owing to its inadequate roadway width given the soaring volume of traffic, it became necessary to replace it and its demolition was decreed on 1st August 1860.
Work on the new bridge began immediately in August 1860 and it was situated in the axis of the Rue du Pont Louis Philippe, perpendicular to the Seine, of which it only crosses the larger branch. Although completed in the summer of 1861, work on its approaches prevented it from being opened to traffic before April 1862.
Since its construction, the Pont Louis-Philippe has undergone no significant changes; owing to considerable damage by the elements, its stone parapet was replaced with an identical structure in 1995.





Construction date


Total length
100 m

Usable width
15.20 m; 10 m roadway; two pavements of 2.60 m

Construction principles

Stone bridge with three elliptical arches of 30 m, 32 m and 30 m

Bullseye windows in the tympana designed to illuminate the interior.


Quai de Bourbon
Quai de l'Htel de Ville
75004 Paris

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