The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most beautiful and legendary bridges in Paris. Inaugurated on the occasion of the World Fair in 1900, the Pont Alexandre III has been designed as a symbol of the French-Russian alliance signed in 1891. It’s not for nothing if it’s called after the Russian Tsar Alexander III. In return, the “Troïtsky” Trinity bridge has been built on the Neva in Saint-Petersburg. The first stone of the Pont Alexandre III was laid by Tsar Nicolas II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna in 1896.
The Pont Alexandre III joins the Esplanade des Invalides and the Avenue Winston Churchill where are set the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais, also built for the World Fair 1900 in lieu of the Palais de l’Industrie. Engineers Jean Résal and Amédée Alby and architects Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin have been entrusted with the building of the Pont Alexandre III. The latter had to adapt to the bill of specifications requiring that the bridge should be decorative and quite flat to enjoy an unobstructed view between the Champs-Elysées and the Invalides without disturbing the vessel traffic.
They built a remarkable bridge with cast steel, covering 160-m (524.93 ft) long. as the bill of specifications required it, the Pont Alexandre III is perfectly decorated. 32 bronze lampposts (these beautiful lamps with several branches), 4 17-m (55.77 ft) high pillars topped with gilded Fames, a rich cast iron decoration of Louis XIV style and beautiful statues of lions at each end embellish this bridge listed as historic monument since 1875.
A must-see in Paris to gaze at by day or by night!
Pont Alexandre III
75008 Paris 8