Pont du Carrousel

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RGSOUNDF
Mercerville, NJ11,514 contributions
A relatively newer bridge, that is, for Parisian standards, about 190 years old, formerly referred to as "pont des Saints-Pères", after a Left Bank street to which the bridge opens, just got a modern art installation. Located on the right side of the bridge when facing Louvre, on the Left Bank side, there is a sculptural group by the French artist Bruno Catalano, known all over the world by his eye-catching partially hollow sculptures. The triptych is named "Pierre David" and consists of two persons and a traveller's bag, all three placed on their respective pedestals. As the rest of his works, the triptych is inspired by recurring themes of travel, road, and movement, symbolizing the human life at its different stages.
We are not sure how long the installation is supposed to remain in place. Galerie Bartoux, which exhibits Catalano's sculptures, originally announced the dates as November 18, 2019 to December 27, 2019, however, at the time of our visit, the first week of January 2020, the installation was still in place.
Written February 15, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,338 contributions
Pont du Carrousel is a nice bridge, built in the 19th century, with some history behind it. It joins two sides of the Seine, leading to Place du Carrousel, right outside the Louvre Museum. It is not a very ornate bridge but there are some interesting features at either end of it. Worth a walk.
Written October 1, 2020
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Big_bro_1_usa
Chicago, IL1,978 contributions
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At the time of our visit, part of the bridge was being resurfaced so you had to walk close to the side of the road instead of in the relative safety of the sidewalk. It offers great views of the Louvre entrance though for better lighting it is better early morning. The other side of the bridge offers great views of the Musee D' Orsay.
Written July 10, 2015
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dgbg100106
Odenton, MD1,725 contributions
Couples
This is a great bridge to reflect back onto the louve. There are benches you can stop at if you want.

This bridge see lots of traffic.

This bridge was also dubbed the Napkin Ring.
Written November 10, 2016
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,648 contributions
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During our most recent to Paris, we took several long walks along the banks of the River Seine. On each occasion we saw and crossed a number of the bridges between the Eiffel Tower and the Ile de la Citie.
One such bridge was the Pont du Carrousel, which we saw and crossed several times. Its appearance and main use could best be described as utilitarian. The bridge carries a huge volume of traffic back and forth across the river from the archway entrance to the Louvre, to the Quai Voltaire.
The plus side of the bridge was its location. It had benches, on each side where, if you chose to do so, you could sit and enjoy the all round magnificent views. Of course, if you did choose to sit here, you would find yourself subjected to the almost over-whelming exhaust fumes, from the passing traffic.
However, the views were breath-taking with the tremendous Louvre on one side of the river and the Musee d’ Orsay on the other side. Then you had the passing boats on the river itself and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
The Pont du Carrousel is a great place to take in the views but a place not to dwell for too long because of the tremendous volume of traffic which passes over it.
Written November 1, 2015
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Bornabrit
Richmond, VA4,808 contributions
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We had just been in the Louvre and decided to wander around the area,so we took a left where the traffic is( cant miss) and under the archway and there we saw this bridge , we walked halfway over and stopped to take some pictures.Then carried on and at the other side of the bridge we took a right turn onto "Quai Voltaire" where we saw quite a few Artists...nice walk .Recommend on a nice day...
Written September 2, 2015
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Karen V 🌴🌻🎀
Tampa, FL2,884 contributions
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Mainly because it's the bridge in front of the Louvre. It's a well-traveled bridge with wonderful views of the Musee D'Orsay, and even the top of the Eiffel Tower. We crossed this bridge often on our way to the left bank. It's not as pretty as other bridges, but it does have some cool archways beneath it that you can walk under along the Quai. It's also identifiable as the bridge that has a statue at each corner (2 on the left and 2 on the right).
Written January 15, 2014
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,469 contributions
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Pont du Carrousel is one of many bridges that cross the Seine, linking the Left and Right Banks. Visitors can use this bridge for the most direct access to the entrance of Musee du Louvre, from Quai Voltaire on the Left Bank.

Historically, this was one of the first arched bridges built in the city in the 1830s, while most being built at that time were suspension bridges. This bridge, built of cast iron and timber was renovated in the early 20th century after many decades of wear and tear. By the 1930s, the original restored bridge was scrapped. A new bridge was then built, using reinforced concrete, spanning three arches and was shifted over a few meters in order to align with the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.

You can see stone sculptures at the ends of the bridge and take in views of the Sienne River, Louvre and Left Bank. Otherwise there is little to see at Pont du Carrousel. In the end, the bridge is ok but there are others crossing the Seine which are much more interesting to see. Our favourites are Pont Alexandre III, Pont des Arts and Pont Neuf.
Written January 9, 2014
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
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This pont has the distinction of straddling the side of the Louvre and spanning the Seine between Quai des Tuileries & quqi Voltaire.
Its design was innovative,in that,the structure was an arch bridge at a time when suspension was the go,and its brief was not to complicate the Parisian scenery. It also combined cast iron,a new material,with timber and scored the dubbing of "napkin rings" in 1834.
At each corner you find four classic stone sculptures representing Industry, Abundance,The City of Paris and The Seine. The original bridge proved inadequate for 20th century use and a new one replaced it made of reinforced concrete. It had a revolutionary lighting system which at night,telescoped the street lights from 13 to 20 meters, but due to its fragile nature does not operate,anymore. Shame, i would hang to see that!!
The nearest Metro station is Palaise Royal-Musee du Louvre. Check out the plaque commemorating an Algerian immigrant who drowned as a result of a racist push into the river.. There is ample seating from which to contemplate the pont's lines,statues and to take excellent shots of Pont des Arts and Ile de Paree.
Written October 5, 2013
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,455 contributions
This bridge leads up to the Louver and Tuileries area so is a bit grand. Walk across it and take some phots of the lovely river and the monuments.
Written July 28, 2022
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