Alexandre III Bridge

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Considered the most sumptuous bridges over the Seine due to its elegant ornaments, the Pont Alexandre III was commissioned for the 1900 World’s Fair and designed by architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin following the Beaux-Arts style and built by the engineers Jean Résal and Amédée d’Alby.

The Art Nouveau lamps, the nymphs, the angels and the winged horses on the sides beautified this marvel of engineering, built with the rare method of using a single 6-meter high steel arch and counterweights on each side to balance it up. It links Les Invalides, the site of Napoleon’s tomb on the left bank of the Seine, with the Champs-Elysées on the right bank.

The main feature of the bridge, however, is what’s called The Fames – four gilt-bronze statues that watch over the bridge supported on 17-meter masonry pillars and that provide the bridge’s stabilization. Each one of these statues represents a specific period: Sciences, Arts, Commerce and Industry, each bringing the winged horse Pegasus to heel.

Contacts & Details

Pont Alexandre III 75008 Paris