Pont Alexandre III, Paris

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    Alexandre III Bridge

    by Nemorino Updated Aug 16, 2013

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    This is the Alexandre III Bridge as seen from Les Berges, with two mounted policemen in the foreground (first photo).

    Along with the nearby Grand Palais and Petit Palais, this bridge was built at the end of the nineteenth century and inaugurated in 1900, just in time for the Universal Exhibition.

    The bridge was named after an Emperor of Russia, Alexandre III (1845-1894), who spoke fluent French and formed an alliance with France towards the end of his life, even though he was highly suspicious of the French form of government at the time, the Third Republic.

    Second photo: The upstream side of the Alexandre III Bridge, looking from Les Berges on the left bank over towards the Petit Palais.

    Third photo: Underneath the bridge.

    Fourth photo: The downstream side of the Alexandre III Bridge, with the Grand Palais on the other side of the river.

    Fifth photo: Like most Paris bridges, this one gets lots of bicycle traffic, especially on warm summer days.

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    The Eiffel Tower from Alexandre III Bridge

    by Nemorino Updated Aug 16, 2013

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    Well, I didn’t exactly have to stand in line to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower from the Alexandre III Bridge – but I wasn’t the only one, by any means.

    This is one of those quintessential Paris photos that everyone wants to take sooner or later. I resisted the temptation for many years, but finally gave in and did it. My immediate reason was that this photo is on the cover of my Michelin Guide to Paris (fifth photo), so I thought if they could do it I probably could, too. My first four photos on this tip are various attempts from different angles.

    The sculpture that always serves as the foreground for the Eiffel Tower was made by Georges Récipon (1860-1920) and is supposed to represent a nymph, though she is rather more muscular than nymphs are usually portrayed. Since we are looking downstream, I think she must be a Nymph of the Neva (a river in Russia) and not a Nymph of the Seine, since those are on the upstream side.

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    Pont Alexandre III

    by breughel Updated May 14, 2013

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    It is one of the most stunning bridges of Paris. When approaching from the Right Bank i.e. by the Grand Palais, there is a sight all in gildings: the four columns with sculptures of the bridge and in the background the gildings of the imposing dome of the Invalides ( "Invalides Exteriors" ).
    When approaching by the immense esplanade of the Invalides appear on the left the glazed domes from the Grand Palais.

    This steel bridge, 115 m long, 40 m wide, was offered to France by the tsar Alexander III of Russia to mark the Franco-Russian Alliance of 1892. The bridge was inaugurated for the World Fair of Paris in 1900 as well as the Petit and Grand Palais.

    The steel bridge in itself is not very visible and that’s what wanted the architects. The views of the Invalides are not obstructed.
    Most outstanding are the four columns at the ends. These massive 17 m high socles take part in the stabilization of the whole by preventing the spacing of the anchoring.
    They are surmounted by sculptures called “fames”. On the Right Bank “Fame of Arts” and “Fame of Sciences”, on the Left Bank “Fame of Fight” and the “Fame of War”. There is also the decoration of the base of the pylons and the groups of lions led by children at the entries of the bridge.
    The bridge features some Art Nouveau Nymphs, gilded Pegasus horses, lamps and cherubs.

    It is for me the most spectacular bridge of Paris.

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    Ponte Alexandre III

    by GentleSpirit Written Apr 8, 2013

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    This bridge connects the Champs Elysses quarter with the Invalides quarter. It was built between 1896 and 1900 in honor of Alexander III, the Russian Tsar. Ironically, his son, Nicholas II was the one to lay the foundation stone and was also the last Tsar of Russia.

    It is easily the fanciest bridge you will see in Paris in terms of decoration.

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    by Maryimelda Updated Mar 6, 2013

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    The Pont Alexandre III was named after Tsar Alexandre III the father of Tsar Nicholas II who laid the first stone in 1896. It was built for the Exposition of 1900 in anticipation af the many thousands of people who would use it at that time.

    The bridge joins the Grand and Petit Palais on the Left Bank to Les Invalides on the right. It is very ornate and features many angels and cherubs and quite a lot of gilt decoration. It is easily the most attractive bridge on the Seine.

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    PONT ALEXANDRE III

    by balhannah Written Mar 2, 2013

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    Bridges in Paris, I love them! They are stunningly beautiful, not 'just" a Bridge like in my home country

    The Pont Alexandre III is known as the most elegant bridge in Paris.
    This single leaf arch that spans the Seine has lots of lovely sculptures. I since have the first stone was placed by Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. Check out the corner pillars of four gilded bronze equestrian groups which represent Pegasus held by Fame. Made out of copper are two Nymphs. The one facing upstream, is the Seine Nymph, and bears the arms of Paris. The other one, which faces downstream, is the Nymph of the Neva, and bears the arms of Russia.
    On the bridge parapet, at the foot of the pillars, are groups of water spirits with fish and seashells sculpted in beaten copper. Candelabra 's surrounded by cupids and sea monsters make this an elegant grand Bridge, one that is listed as a historical monument.

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    by Roadquill Written Dec 12, 2012

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    As far as Paris ponts go, this pont is nice in that it takes one across the Seinne between the Eiffel Tower area to the Grand Palais. It is designed in one large curve and specifically lowered so not to obstruct views of the local landmarks. Fine ornamental sculptures add to its finery. The first stone was laid by Tzar Nicolas II in 1900.

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    Pont Alexandre III

    by riorich55 Updated Jun 8, 2012

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    On our last night in Paris, after spending most of the afternoon in the Louvre, we decided to do a little more walking toward the Champs Elysee. Turning down one of the streets off the Champs Elysee and heading toward the Seine we came to the Pont Alexandre III bridge just before dusk.

    Several picture opportunities seemed to beckon us, including the one shown here of Leopold Morice's sculpture on the right bank of the bridge. The Young Girl with Seashell or Fillette a la Coquille seemed about ready to share her sound with me.

    UPDATE: Took a few more pictures of the bridge on our 2012 trip that I am posting here. We were still fascinated by the bridge and all the intricate works.

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    PONT ALEXANDRE III

    by alyf1961 Written May 11, 2012

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    This pretty bridge is decorated with art nouveau statues and lamps. The statues are of cherubs, nymphs and winged horses.
    It was built between 1896 and 1900 in time for the universal exhibition. The bridge was named after Tsar Alexander III, father of Nicolas II.
    Tsar Alexander laid the foundation stone in October 1896.
    The bridge is a single span 18ft high steel arch across the Seine. From the bridge there are magnificent views of the Champs-Elysses and the Invalides.

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    Pont Alexandre III

    by walterwu Written Aug 29, 2011

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    If you are going to visit Grand Palais, Petit Palais or Invalides, then Pont Alexandre III is not to be missed.

    This bridge is built in the 19th Century and is now classified as a historical monument.

    The gold plating on the bridge where it is beyond human reach are generally intact. Those that are facing inwards to the road and within reach shows sign of being touched and lost it's glitter.

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    by MM212 Updated Dec 7, 2010

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    A late 19th century architectural marvel, Pont Alexandre III is undoubtedly the most beautiful bridge in Paris. It was named after Tsar Alexander III of Russia and designed in the period's Art Nouveau style complementing the neighbouring Grand Palais. The bridge links the Invalides with the two sister palaces, Grand et Petit Palais. The bridge occupies my favourite spot in Paris. Day or night, it is most spectacular offering great views of some of Paris' famous monuments.

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    by kris-t Updated Oct 7, 2010

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    Pont Alexandre III is a gorgeous and extravagant arch bridge that spans the Seine. It's connecting the Champs-Elysees quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter.

    was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after russian Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in Oct. 1896.
    "In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was conceived as a memorial to the Franco-Russian Alliance. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure"

    The bridge is classified as a historical monument

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    Pont Alexandre III

    by garridogal Updated Jul 1, 2009

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    On a clear day it's breathtaking
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    Easily the flashiest bridge in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III is eye-catching with its large pillars topped with gold plated statues. I caught my first glimpse of it on the afternoon in which I arrived in Paris. Along with Les Invalides in the background, it added to my sense of wonder about the grandiosity of this city.

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    by georeiser Updated Jun 30, 2009
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    I took a lot of photos when I walked around in Paris. I must admit, a lot of them are places which I don't know the names of. So I thought this was Place Bastille, but it's Pont Alexandre III - the bridge. Anyway, this is a nice bridge with monuments and beautiful architecture. You can see the museum "Les Invalides" in the other edge of the square.

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    by Dabs Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    Pont Alexandre III is my favorite bridge over the Seine River, it connects the area near Invalides to the start of the Champs Elysses and fits in perfectly with the Grand Palais and Petit Palais on the right bank.

    The bridge was built between 1897-1900, inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition. It is named after Russian Tsar Alexander III who signed the Franco Russian Alliance with France that aligned the two countries against Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary, the Trinity Bridge in St. Petersburg also commemorates the Alliance.

    The bridge is very ornate, there are four gilt-bronze statues atop pedestals, two at either end of the bridge. On the right bank are Renommée des Sciences (Fame of the Sciences) and the Renommée des Arts (Fame of the Arts), on the Left Bank, the Renommée du Commerce (Fame of Commerce) and the Renommée de l'Industrie (Fame of Industry).

    At the center of the bridge, facing the river you'll find Nymphs of the Seine with the arms of France and Nymphs of the Neva with the arms of Imperial Russia. Along the way there are lamp posts with dancing cherubs, cherubs riding fish, lions and a variety of other design elements.

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