Pont d’Arcole is one of 37 bridges across the Seine river located in Paris (France) in the 4th arrondissement. It crosses the large arm of the Seine, at the level of the Île de la Cité. This site is served by the Hôtel de Ville metro station.

It connects the Hôtel de Ville on the right bank to the Hôtel-Dieu on the Île de la Cité.

The need for a bridge communicating between place de Grève (now Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville) and the île de la Cité had been felt for years. Called the passerelle de Grève or the pont de l’Hôtel-de-Ville for the first two years of its life, its present name – according to the most generally accepted hypothesis – comes from the Battle of the Bridge of Arcole, in which Napoleon personally led a charge waving the tricolour and defeated the Austrians in 1796.

It was only in 1828 that a suspension bridge for pedestrians with two 6m-wide carriageways, supported from a central pier in midstream, was built by Marc Seguin. In 1854, with increased traffic due to the prolongation of the rue de Rivoli, it was replaced by a more substantial metal structure that could also be used by vehicular traffic.

Next upstream: Pont Louis-Philippe, Pont Saint-Louis
Next downstream: Pont Notre-Dame

Design: Alphonse Oudry, Nicolas Cadiat
Total length: 80 m
Height: 20 m
Construction start 1854
Construction end 1856
Opened 1856.

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