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The Pont de l’Île and its Bridge

The Pont de l’Île and its Bridge

The Pont de l’Île proves the fact that Geneva has for centuries been a major crossroads for European trade.
The history of this strategic site shows that Geneva, often coveted by its neighbours over the centuries, always demonstrated tenacity and determination to defend itself.

Close by, on Place Bel-Air, we see the little island on the Rhône. This was for a long time – on the bridge linking the two river banks – the only checkpoint on the road from the European North to the South. A commemorative plaque tells us that Julius Caesar had this bridge destroyed in 58 BC, which is when history mentions the city for the first time.The bridge was rebuilt and Geneva again thrived as a European centre of trade. Of the 13th century fortified castle, only the tower remains today. On the island, the Restaurant de l’Île invites visitors to take a break.

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