Sunday, May 16, 2010

France - Pont Neuf 新橋


Stamp Issue : 1947-05-07  


Stamp Issue : 1978-05-27 

New Bridge (Pont Neuf) is the oldest standing bridge spanning the river Seine in Paris, France. Its name, which was given to distinguish it from older bridges that were lined on both sides with houses, has remained.
Standing by the western point of the Île de la Cité, the island in the middle of the river that was the heart of medieval Paris, it connects the Rive Gauche of Paris (South of Paris) with the Rive Droite. It was the first stone bridge in Paris, has 278 meters in long and 28 meters in wide. The bridge is composed of two separate spans, one of five arches joining the left bank to the Île de la Cité, another of seven joining the island to the right bank.
The bridge had heavy traffic from the beginning; it was for a long time the widest bridge in Paris. The bridge has undergone much repair and renovation work, including rebuilding the bridge spans and changing the arches from an almost semi-circular to elliptical form (1848–1855), In 1885, one of the piers of the short arm was undermined, removing the two adjacent arches.
A major restoration of the Pont Neuf was begun in 1994 and was completed in 2007, the year of its 400th anniversary.


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