Pont Alexandre III

This famous arch-bridge, built between 1896 and 1900 reflects the same styles used in the Grand Palace.  The Pont Alexandre III bridge crosses the Seine and connects Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides quarter.  Featuring prominent architecture and four gilt-bronze statues of Fames, this bridge is visible from many area Paris and is sure to be used while vacationing.  Many Paris tours will cross this bridge at least once and will provide a great opportunity to check out the bridge in more detail.

The bridge, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, lions, nymphs and winged horses at either end, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. The style of the bridge reflects that of the Grand Palais, to which it leads on the right bank.  The Grand Palace is a massive, empty auditorium where events are commonly held such as movie drive-in night.

The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a six-metre high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, was subject to strict controls that prevented the bridge from obscuring the view of the Champs-Élysées or Les Invalides.

Are you planning on visiting Pont Alexandre III in Paris? Here is the information you’ll need to know:

LOCATION

Cours la Reine, Quai d’Orsay, 75008, France

WEBSITE

Pont Alexandre III Official Site

One Response to “Pont Alexandre III”

  1. Jon Travelers 06/27/2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Great post!

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