Built in the 18th century on the orders of Napoleon III, the Pont de l’Alma is an arch bridge in western part of Paris crossing the Seine. The place was named to honor the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Russian army was defeated by the Franco British alliance in September 1854. Featuring the statue of a Zouave soldier, the Alma Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Paris. Since the bridge was too narrow to accommodate traffic; it underwent complete reconstruction in early 1970’s. The four piers of the Alma Bridge were adorned with statues representing a regiment that fought during the Crimean war. However, only the statue of Zouave was preserved after the reconstruction. The other statues adorning the remaining three piers of the Alma Bridge – the Skirmisher, the Grenadier and the Artillery; were relocated to other places. The bridge is in close proximity of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, where the princess of Wales, Diana and her friend Dodi Fayed were fatally injured in a car accident in August 1997. The Flame of Liberty towards the north end of the bridge has become an unofficial memorial to the beautiful princess.more
Built in the 18th century over the river Siene, Pont de Invalides is situated between Pont Alexandre and Pont de l’Alma in close proximity of a number of great attractions in Paris including Palais de la Decouverte science museum, Bateaux Mouches Boat cruises, Musee des Egouts Sewer Museum, Pont Alexandre III, Les Invalides, Flamme de la Liberte and Grand Palais. The bridge was demolished and then reconstructed in 1854 for the upcoming World Fair in Paris. The bridge was designed by Jules Savarin and Paul Martin Gallocher de Lagalisserie, utilizing the old quays of the suspension bridge. The engineers added a new quay in the center to erect an arch bridge. The central pier was adorned by two beautiful allegorical statues; the Land Victory by a French sculptor Nicolas-Victor Vilain and the Maritime Victory is the work of art by Georges Diebolt; whereas the old quays of the Invalides Bridge were adorned with sculptures of military trophies sculpted by Astyanax-Scévola Bosio – aFrench sculptor. Perhaps the best part about Pont des Invalides is that it is located in close proximity of three metro stations; Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau, Alma – Marceau and La Tour Mauborg located on line 8 of the Paris Métro.more
One of the most elaborate and extravagant bridges in Paris, Pont Alexandre is a marvel of 19th century design and architecture. Named in honor of Tsar Alexandre III – a Russian emperor who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892; the beautiful bridge was inaugurated on the occasion of Universal Exhibition. The 17 meter high pylons on the extremities of the bridge are adorned with four golden equestrian statues of Pegasus Held by Fame. Regarded as a French Monument Historique, the Alexander III Bridge is a deck arch bridge that spans the river Seine in Paris. The bridge connects the Invalides to the Grand Palais on the left bank and Petit Palais on the right bank. At the base of each of these columns, there are two more statues, France de la Renaissance statue sculpted by Jules Coutan and La France de Louis XIV sculpted by Laurent Marqueste. You’ll also find four lion statues sculpted by Jules Dalou and Georges Gardet – French Sculptors. Pont Alexandre is in close proximity of some of the most visited places in Paris including Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte I, Jardins des Champs Elysees, Petit Palais, Les Invalides, River Seine, Grand Palais, and Avenue des Champs Elysees.more
Conceived in 1772 by Jean Rodolphe Perronet, Concorde Bridge is a stone-arch bridge that crosses the Seine River at the Place de la Concorde. The construction of the bridge was completed in 1791. Originally, the bridge was named Pont Louis XVI. The bridge has been named Pont de la Concorde during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte I. In the year 1810, Napoleon I adorned the sides of the bridge with statues of French Generals that were killed in battles. Even though the bridge has changed over the period of years, it is regarded as one of the most extravagant monuments in Paris. Since the bridge was too narrow to accommodate traffic, it had to be widened on both sides in 1930-1932. The expansion project was supervised by Malet and Deval who preserved the original neoclassical architecture of the bridge. In 1893, the bridge was renovated again in 1983. Pont de la Concorde is served by two metro stations, Concorde metro station and Assemblée nationale. Concorde Bridge is in close proximity of some great tourist attractions in Paris including Luxor Obelisk, Institut Neerlandis, River Seine, Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, and Avenue des Champs Elysees.more
Previously called Pont Solferino or Passerelle Solferino, the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is a pedestrian bridge that is constructed in 1997-1999. It was given the name passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor in 2006 in honor of Lepold Sedar Senghor, a famous writer and politician who served for two decades as the first president of Senegal. Furthermore, he was the first African to be selected as a member of the Academia Francasise. There used to a cast iron bridge at the location of the current bridge. It was constructed and inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1861 and was named Pont Solferino after the Battle of Solferino. The current Passerelle de Solferino Bridge links the Musee d’Orsay and the Jardin des Tuileries which was built in 1997-1999 by a French architect and engineer Marc Mimram. The architecturally unique bridge crosses the Seine River with a single span and has no piers. The metallic bridge is covered beautifully in Tabebuias woods – a Brazilian tree; giving it a nice warm appearance. The Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor bridge is in close proximity of some of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris including Musee du Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Tuileries Gardens, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Musee National de la Legion d’ Honneur, Thomas Jefferson statue and Jeu de Paume.more
Sometimes called Pont du Louvre, the Carrousel Bridge is a beautiful bridge in Paris that crosses the Seine River between the Quai Voltaire and Quai des Tuileries. The current bridge was constructed in 1935-1939, a few meters away from its original location to make it more in line with the famous Louvre Museum. After being used for decades, the wooden elements of the Carrousel Bridge were replaced with iron in 1906. However, the bridge was too narrow to accommodate traffic. So it was decided to build a new structure of the bridge a few meters away from the old bridge and with greater headroom on the river. The bridge is adorned with four beautiful stone statues that were sculpted by Louis Petitot. These were moved along with the bridge to the new location. After relocation, the bridge directly links with the entrance to Musee du Louvre or Louvre Museum where the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - a triumphal arch stands. Pont du Carrousel is located in close proximity of a number of popular tourist attractions including Institut de France, Musee du Louvre, Marina de Paris, Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel, Pont Royal, Pont des Arts and Musee d’Orsay. Palais Royal – Musee du Louvre is located very close to Pont du Carrousel.more
Pont des Arts or the Arts Bridge is a pedestrian foot bridge that crosses the Seine River like most bridges in Paris. The bridge is famous all over the world as the Bridge of Love. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the place to attach love lovelocks or padlocks to the railings of the bridge and then throwing their keys in the Seine River to declare their love for each other. The bridge connects the central square of the Palais du Louvre and Institit de France. The bridge that you see today was built in 1981-1984 in accordance with the design structure of Louis Arrectche, who proposed to reduce the number of arches in the new design to seven. The original design of the bridge had nine arches. The old architecture of Pont des Arts or the Arts Bridge was preserved while at the same time realigning the modified structure with the Pont Neuf. The newly constructed bridge was inaugurated by Jacques Chirac – the mayor of Paris in 1984. The Arts Bridge is located in close proximity of a number of popular tourist destinations including Pont Neuf bridge, The Institut de France, Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel, River Seine and the Musee du Louvre Museum.more
Even though the bridge is called Pont Neuf or the New Bridge, it is one of the oldest bridges crossing the River Seine in Paris. The bridge was given this name to distinguish it from other older bridges. The bridge inaugurated in 1600 is one of the most popular and historical bridges in Paris. The construction of the bridge was completed during the reign of King Henri IV, even though when you take a close look at the history of the bridge, you’ll discover that the project was started during the reign of King Henri III and according to some history books well before that. The bridge underwent a complete restoration that started in 1994 and was completed in 2007; the year marked the 40oth anniversary of the bridge. And even though much of the New Bridge still has the same architecture and design that was in the original construction, many adjustments have been made to the design including arch adjustment and reducing the hump back of the bridge. Some of the most popular tourist attractions located near Pont Neuf include Notre Dame Cathedral, Equestrian Statue of King Henri IV, La Conciergerie, Vedettes du Pont Neuf boat cruises, Place Dauphine, Musee du Louvre, Place Dauphine, and Square du Vert Galant.more
Constructed in 1850, the Saint Michel Bridge or Pont Saint Michel is one of the oldest stone bridges in Paris that connects the Place Saint-Michel located on the left bank of the Seine River with Ile de la Cite Island. The bridge was named after the chapel of Saint Michel which is located in close proximity of the bridge. The original bridge was constructed in 1378 and after that, it has been re-constructed several times. After several years of use, the Saint Michel Bridge began to show signs of severe wear, additionally, it was deemed too narrow to accommodate the growing needs of the city. Hence, it was decided to build a replacement bridge. In the new design of the bridge, the number of arches was reduced to three. The original design of the bridge featured four arches. The modern bridge that we see today was constructed in 1857. The construction work was completed in seven months. The design of the modern bridge was made by Paul Vaudrey and Paul Martin Gallocher de Lagalisserie, French engineers. Some of the most popular tourist destinations located near the Saint-Michel Bridge include Notre Dame Cathedral, Place Saint Michel, Parvis Notre Dame – Place Jean Paul II, Sainte Chapelle and Crypte Archeolgique.more
The Notre Dame Bridge built over the Seine River is one of the oldest and most popular bridges in Paris. The bridge connects the right bank of the Seine River to the Ile de Cite Island. The place at which the modern Pont Notre Dame is located is the same place where the original bridge was located. It was called Grand Port back then. Unfortunately, the bridge was completely destroyed by the floods in 1406. In 1412, on orders of Charles VI of France, the reconstruction of the bridge was started. The construction took almost seven years. The new bridge made of solid wood was named Notre Dame. In 1499, the wooden structure of the bridge collapsed. Stone foundations were laid in the same year to provide structural stability to the bridge. The construction work was completed in 1507. In 1853, a new structure of the bridge was built on top of the old stone foundation. To improve the flow of the river and passenger boats, it was decided to rebuild the bridge, this time in metal. The bridge was inaugurated by Raymond Poincare in 1919. Some of the most visited tourist attractions located in close proximity of the Notre Dame Bridge is Tour Saint Jacques Tower, Hotel de Ville, Theatre de la Ville, La Conciergerie, Fountaine du Palmier, Notre Dame Cathedral and Pont au Changemore
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