Built between 1896 and 1900 and classified as a historical monument, this
arch bridge on the Seine is considered to be the most extravagant bridge in Paris, displaying Art
Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs, and winged horses, reflecting the style of the
Grand Palais, to which it leads on the right bank.
Surprisingly, it is not dedicated to a French king but to the Russian tsar
Alexander III, who concluded the Franco-Russian alliance in 1892, weakening the
dominance of the German Empire in Europe.
Built by engineers Amédée d'Alby and Jean Résal, it was opened for the
Universal Exhibition in 1900, as were the Grand Palais and Petit Palais. There
are four statues of Fames—the Fame of the Sciences, the Fame of the Arts, the
Fame of Commerce and the Fame of Industry—all in gilt bronze. The Nymphs of
the Seine, with the arms of France, and the Nymphs of the Neva,
with the arms of Imperial Russia, stand either side at the
center of the arch. The prominent sculpture of the bridge was provided by
numerous sculptors, including Emmanuel Frémiet, Gustave Michel, Alfred Lenoir,
Georges Gardet, Pierre Granet, and many others.
It's very easy to get there; either travel by Métro line M8 or M13 and get
off at Invalides, or take the RER train line C and get off at the same station.
After having seen this marvelous bridge, you can continue either to the
Champs-Élysées or Les Invalides.