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Location address: France, Ile-de-France, 75005, Paris , 1, Quai Saint Michel
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The Pont Notre-Dame is a bridge that crosses the Seine in Paris, France linking the quai de Gesvres on the Rive Droite with the quai de la Corse on the Île de la Cité. The bridge is noted for being the “most ancient” in Paris, in the sense that, while the oldest bridge in Paris that is in its original state is undoubtedly the Pont Neuf, a bridge in some form has existed at the site of the Pont Notre-Dame since antiquity; nonetheless, it has been destroyed and reconstructed numerous times, a fact referred to in the Latin inscription on it to honor its Italian architect, Fra Giovanni Giocondo. (See below.) The bridge once was lined with approximately sixty houses, the weight of which caused a collapse in 1499.
The Notre Dame was 200 years ago so badly damaged that the cathedral was planned to be demolished. Victor Hugo wanted to prevent this and wrote his famous work “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
Victor Hugo used Notre Dame in his famous theater play of 1831: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This play was later created in many movies.
Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II is the official name of the square consisting of the parvise of Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité. It was known simply as the place du Parvis-Notre-Dame until 2006 when it was renamed in honour of Pope John Paul II who died in 2005. The change generated controversy.
At the location of Notre Dame, there was a temple of Jupiter in Roman times.