The project of a bridge at this place has stayed for 50 years in the pipes before coming to life in 1775. The reason being the lack of means to finance its construction. But a happy event will be game-changer and allow the bridge to be built quickly: the French Revolution! Indeed, you may not know it but the Pont de la Concorde, called Pont Louis XVI, has been built with dimension stones from the ruins of the famous Bastille after its storming in 1789!
This beautiful neo-classic five-arch bridge supported by 3-m wide columns is inaugurated in 1791. Napoleon will later have the statues of eight generals who died on the battlefield during the First Empire campaigns sculpted.
But under the Restoration, Louis XVIII has these statues replaced by twelve white marble statues depicting the great men of the Ancien Régime. Yet, the whole is too heavy and jeopardize the bridge. The whole is removed by Louis-Philippe I who makes them be carried to the main courtyard of the Palace of Versailles.
It’s in 1830 that the bridge is finally named the Pont de la Concorde. 100 years later, because of the too heavy traffic, the Pont de la Concorde is extended by engineers Deval and Male. After being removed to smooth the traffic, sidewalks are brought back in 1929. And luckily for us or we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful view the Pont de la Concorde has on Paris, without risking being knocked over!
Pont de la Concorde
Pont De la Concorde
75007 Paris 7