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View Pont de l’Alma (Alma Bridge) in 360 virtual tour

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.