Alexander III Bridge - details and images

Considered the most beautiful bridge of Paris, Alexander III Bridge is definitely the bridge with the most decorations of the city and an engineering wonder of the nineteenth century.

Completed in 1900 at the Paris Universal Exhibition, the bridge is named after Russian Tsar Alexander III, in honor of Russo-French relations, established after the 1892 Alliance. This politico-military alliance was created as a reaction to Germany's alliance with Austria-Hungary in 1879. Son of Alexander III, Tsar Nicholas II laid the foundation stone of the bridge in October 1896. Work actually began six months later.

At the same time as Alexander III bridge were built, all at the Expo, and Station Orsay, Petit Palais and Grand Palais. Exhibition in Paris in 1900 drew an impressive 50 million visitors.

The bridge was built to unite the left bank of the Seine's right bank, to enable millions of visitors to visit the exhibition - which is held on one side of the river - to be able to visit the other side of town.

Alexander III Bridge, designed by architects Joseph Cassien Bernard and Gaston Cousin and Jean Resal built by engineers and Amedee d'Alby and is constructed of steel and decorated with Art Nouveau elements inspired by French and Russian heraldry.

Construction took almost three years, starting in 1897, and the bridge structure was built in a factory and then transported and assembled.

It was very important that you do not block the bridge to Les Invalides and the Champs-Élysées. Was chosen, in this sense, a bridge 40 meters wide, with one column of 107.5 meters high and only 6 feet tall.

The bridge is generously decorated with lanterns and sculptures representing cherubs, nymphs and winged horses. At each end, the bridge is 17 m tall statues. In making ornaments attended different artists.

The bridge connects the Champs-Élysées Invalides district, where the beautiful dome of the Invalides, whose dome is seen from the bridge. On the opposite side of the Seine are two palaces: Petit Palais and Grand Palais.

Address: The Pier Seine / Quai d'Orsay 75008 Paris
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