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Instead of walking towards the Arc de Triomphe from the Place de la Concorde, we made a left turn, towards the river Seine and the famous Pont Alexandre III. A bridge I just HAD to see! The bridge is famous for its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs and nymphs. It is just unbelievable to see all the decorations put on just one bridge! You can argue if you can call this 'beautiful', but it is surely special. And I loved it!

The bridge was build between 1896 and 1900 by the architects Résal and Alby. The inauguration of the bridge was just in time for the Universal Exposition of 1900. The first stone was placed in October 1896 by Tsar Nicholas II and the bridge was named after his father Tsar Alexander III.

In the photos you can se some of the sculptures ornamenting the bridge. In the first photo for example, you can see one of the sculptures at the base of the lamps on the bridge. These statues are by Henri Désiré Gauquié. In photo no. 2 ond of the lamps decorating the bridge. Third photo: you can see a sculpture by Léopold Morice: Young girl with seashell. In the fourth photo you can see a decoration on the outside of the bridge, by Abel Poulin and Grandzlin. And to top it off a fun little detail: a little lizzard watching the bridge.

The Pont Alexandre III is located in between the Grand and Petit Palais on the right bank of the river Seine and the Hôtel des Invalides on the left bank of the river.

Directions: Métro stop: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau
In between the Grand and Petit Palais and the Hôtel des Invalides.

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2006
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