River Seine, Paris, France
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A bridge that holds up history. Bridge over the Seine River, Paris, France
The Seine River passes through Paris, France, and is pivotal in this ancient city's history. In the 3rd century BCE, a Celtic tribe called the Parisii decided to settle on an island between the Seine's banks on what is known today as Ile de la Cité. Over the following centuries, the river played a central role in the city's development into a global hub for commerce and culture.
The Seine's passage through Paris is vast, so the city has several bridges spanning the gap: 37 bridges and footbridges connect the city's left and right banks. The Pont d'Arcole, seen here with a glorious Paris sunset, holds a historic place in Parisiennes' hearts. This bridge supported General Leclerc's tanks on their way to liberate Paris in 1944.