In 1937, with the upcoming World’s Fair likely to generate massive volumes of traffic, the bridge was widened, extended, and the imperial eagles returned. Wellington went in a fury when he discovered that the Prussians continued to place gunpowder under the bridge anyway, even in the presence of English sentries. The tympana along the sides of the bridge had been originally decorated with imperial eagles conceptualized by François-Frédéric Lemot and sculpted by Jean-François Mouret. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. They are both are executed in hammered copper over forms by Georges Récipon. The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. Pont d'Iéna ("Jena Bridge") is a bridge spanning the River Seine in Paris. He immediately agreed with Wellington that the demolition should be stopped at once, but even that did not deter Blücher. Made of steel, and strictly speaking a viaduct not a bridge, it was built between 1903 and 1905. Talleyrand later had the bridge reverted to its original name under Louis-Philippe. The Pont d'Iena is also known in English as the Jena Bridge, and although it is no where near as ornate or well known as some of the other bridges in Paris, it is located in a prominent position over the River Seine between the Eiffel … The city’s oldest bridge, it was built in 1607 and made history in that it was the first bridge in Paris to be built without houses on it. Prussian General Blücher wanted to destroy the bridge before the Battle of Paris in 1814, as Blücher had been present for the Prussians' humiliating defeat at Jena, where approximately 28,000 Prussians were killed to France's 2,480, after which Prussia was occupied by France. The Napoleonic eagles on the sides of the bridge were not removed and the city council repaired the superficial damage on the bridge quickly at a cost of 12.000 Francs. The bridge was constructed between 1808 and 1814. Coordinates: 48°51′35″N 02°17′32″E / 48.85972°N 2.29222°E / 48.85972; 2.29222. Although not so close to the Eiffel Tower, Pont Neuf -- New Bridge, ironically enough -- is iconic. [2][3] It has been classified as a French monument historique since 1975.[4]. This bridge has been part of the supplementary registry of historic monuments since 1975. Stone facings were used to protect the concrete tympana, the imperial eagles put back in place and the four statues repositioned accordingly during the bridge expansion. The Prefect of Paris tried everything to change the mind of Blücher - without success - and finally went to the wily diplomat Talleyrand, asking him whether he could write a letter to the General asking him not to destroy the bridge. Pont de l’Alma, (Alma Bridge), was named in commemoration of the Crimean War’s Battle of Alma, in which a combined British and French force were victorious over the Russian army. Nash's work focuses on American life, travel and the music industry. In 1998 he earned an OxBridge doctorate in philosophy and immediately emigrated to America. It links the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank to the district of Trocadéro on the Right Bank. The bridge is decorated with many plaques that commemorate the loss of life and heroism of French soldiers in the Second World War. The bridge was built on the orders of Napoleon to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Jena in 1807. According to Lady Frances Shelley, the Duke of Wellington, who believed that destroying a useful structure such as a bridge, for purely symbolic reasons, was ridiculous, prevented the demolition by posting an English soldier on the bridge, with strict orders not to leave his post. You can easily reach it on foot from the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower or the Hôtel des … After the incident, the wronged Prussian general refused to stay in the city and moved his headquarters to Saint-Cloud. As well as the widening operation, reduced to just 35 meters from the planned 40 meters, the project also transformed the bridge with two additional concrete elements placed at either end, joining to the existing bridge with metal girders. With the increasing traffic resulting from the expansion of the districts of Trocadéro, Auteuil and Passy, the necessity to enlarge the structure (the width of which was no more than 14 m, including the pavements) in a durable fashion grew as time went on. In June 2017, with Paris competing against Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics, Paris turned some of its world-famous landmarks over to sports and installed boards on the Alexandre III bridge that spanned the Seine. The eagles were replaced with the royal letter "L" soon after the fall of the First Empire in 1815 but in 1852, when Napoléon III ascended the throne of the Second Empire, new imperial eagles, this time by the chisel of Antoine-Louis Barye, replaced the royal "L". The bridge was built between 1854 and 1856, and the four piers were originally decorated with military statues. Not until 1937, with the prospect of the upcoming World Fair drawing closer, did the French government decide to execute the project, which was all the more necessary as the structure was starting to show sure signs of deterioration. When water levels reach his feet, the famous footpaths along the Seine are usually closed, and when the water comes up to his thighs the river is declared unnavigable. Het told his king that "we need to do this to defend Prussian honour and avenge the desecration of the tomb of Friedrich II by Napoleon's armies." Instead, the Prussians blew a hole in one of the pillars, but the blast was directed outwards and not inwards, which wounded some of the Prussian soldiers and threw one into the Seine. It has five arches, each arc almost 30 yards in length, and four span piers. Numerous sculptors provided the sculptures that feature prominently on the bridge. It connects the Left Bank with the Right at the western tip of the Ile de la Cite, the island in the Seine that was medieval Paris’ focal point. The initial construction, the cost of which was enormous at the time, was fully financed by the State and spanned six years from 1808 to 1814. Paris' bridges are not merely methods of conveying traffic; their elegance and adornments speak to the city's self-image as a sophisticated, elegant and endearingly romantic city. The nymph reliefs are at the centres of the arches over the Seine, memorials to the Franco-Russian Alliance. 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