The Pont Alexandre III Bridge sails over the River Seine in Paris city and gets its name from the Alexander III of Russia. The Pont Alexandre III Bridge adjoins the Champs-Élysées on the right flanks of the Seine River with the Les Invalides on the left flanks. Emperor Nicolas II, the offspring of Alexandre III, laid the foundation for constructing the bridge in 1896. Since the chosen location of the bridge was monumental, architects Gaston Cousin and Joseph Cassien-Bernard, implemented a design which would avoid any hindrance to viewing the landmarks next to the Seine. The arch-shaped bridge is 160 meters in length, 40 meters in width, and comprises of a 107-meter metal viaduct which spans the River and a 6 meter arch in the center which stays low just above the water.
However, the engineers Amédée d’Alby and Louis Jean Resal were able to do a pretty good job and they played a key role in making Pont Alexandre III one of the iconic spots in the City of Lights. The bridge was constructed in 1900 as a means of transportation to and from the River Seine and to reduce the traffic in the Concordia Bridge. The Pont Alexandre III Bridge was announced to the world in 1900 by Emile Loubet, Former Prime Minister of France as part of a world fair. The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated for ‘Exposition Universelle’ held in and around Champs de Mars in 1889 and both monuments turned the cityscapes and the Parisian tourism for the years to come.
In fact, when you cross the bridge you get to the heart of some of the cityscapes including the Art Nouveau lamps. One of the fascinating aspects of the bridge design is that it spans the River with a slight slope and not in a straight line. People seldom take notice of the design in a Paris private tour but they gradually get busy taking photographs with the scenic backdrops. Placed in every four corners of the Alexandre III Bridge are granite columns that are approximately 17 meters tall. These columns are topped off with a gliding statue, which represents La Renommée, an ancient Greece goddess.