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Le Petit-pont et la Place du Petit-pont, 1830


Le Petit-pont et la Place du Petit-pont, 1830



A view of the the Petit-Pont and the Place du Petit-Pont. Currently located between the left bank and the Ile de la Cité, the Petit-Pont runs between the Rue Saint-Michel (in the 5th Arrondissement) and the Rue de la Cité (in the 4th Arrondissement). It is one of the oldest bridges in Paris. The current Petit-Pont was rebuilt in 1853, 23 years after the bridge in this image. The name Petit-Pont comes from the small arm in the Seine River, which the bridge crosses, that flows around the Ile de la Cité.

Île de la Cité is an island in the River Seine, once known as Lutetia, and is the oldest settlement in Paris, France. It is one of two natural islands in the river, the other being Île Saint-Louis. The island has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It is believed to have been settled by the Parisii, a Celtic tribe, in the 3rd century BC. In 52 BC, the Romans conquered the island and established a city there, which they called Lutetia. The island was the site of several important events in French history, including the signing of the Edict of Nantes in 1598 and the French Revolution. Today, Île de la Cité is home to many famous landmarks, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palais de Justice. Île de la Cité with sights such as the Pont Neuf, the Pont de l’Archevêché and Notre Dame cathedral, makes it the central crossroads of the city, which grew outwards from here. Ile de la Cité is the perfect place for a riverside picnic.



1875 - 1882


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