"Pont Alexander III" Pont Alexandre III Tip by kenyneo
Pont Alexandre III, Paris: 49 reviews and 118 photos
I was walking to and fro this bridge ...no , not because its too enchanting ...but because I forgot to visit some over here and there and I was desperately looking for some water. Saw so many Asian couple taking their wedding photos here ....hmmm..so dear VTers who are tying the knot soon ....here is the place
Alexander III Bridge) is Paris's most elegant bridge, ornamented with fine sculpture work, adding its own charm to an already beautiful site. The golden mythical and biblical statues which adorn the bridge makes other bridges pale in comparison , I have see the Charles bridge in Prague and have to say that Pont Alexander III is more amjestic ...but again ...they have different history and beauty of their own.
Built in only in a short period of two years by the engineers Résal and Alby, the first stone was placed by Tsar Nicholas II,but the structure was only opened at the 1900 Universal Exhibition.The keystones are decorated with two compositions in beaten copper representing, upstream, the Nymphes de la Seine (the Seine Nymphs) repesenting the arms of Paris, while tthe downstream, the Nymphes de la Néva (Nymphs of the Neva) the arms of Russia by G. Récipon.
On the bridge parapet, at the foot of the pillars, are four enchanting or should I say dramatic groups of water spirits (nymphs) with fish and seashells sculpted in beaten copper by L. Morice and A. Massoule, while the four monumental candelabra surrounded by cupids and sea monsters are by the sculptor, H. Gauquic. Please make sure that you stock enough water supply coz you will be taking lots of pictures here and my experience told me that you have to walk quite a distance to get a bottle of water.
To get to the Pont Alexander III:
Left Bank: exit Métro Les Invalides, head north toward the Seine
Right Bank: exit Métro Champs-Elysées Clemenceau, go south toward the Seine on Avenue Winston Churchill.
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