HD photographs of ornate lamp posts on the Pont Alexandre III - Page 564

We were again at the Pont Alexandre III, but this time we took these high definition photos of the ornate lamp posts that adorn the parapet on either side of the bridge.

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Art Nouveau lamp posts Pont Alexandre III
The Pont Alexandre III is classed as the most extravagant and ornate bridge in Paris, which was constructed for the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris, and in this first HD photo, as we were looking towards Les Invalides, you can see some of the ornate street lamps that run along the edge of the bridge on either side.
Bronze lamp post base on Pont Alexandre III
So you will find that this bridge was constructed in a Beaux Arts style with decorative Art Nouveau lamps, which were made of bronze, and these, are just one of the features of the Pont Alexandre III, that has been classified as an historical monument since 1975.
Lamp posts on Pont Alexandre III eastern side
Now it was named after the Tsar of Russia, Alexander III, who concluded the alliance between Russia and France with the French President at the time, and there were numerous different artists who were commissioned to design and sculpt statues and other ornate embellishments for the bridge, which travels over the River Seine between the 7th Arrondissement and the 8th Arrondissement.
Coat of arms for Paris on lamp post
But this next image shows a close up of one of the decorative elements that were cast onto the ornate lamp posts, and this particular one represents the coat of arms for Paris, which is rather apt, when you can just make out the most famous tourist attraction in Paris of the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Lamp posts Pont Alexandre III western side
And here you can see the bronze street lamps running along the parapet of the bridge over the River Seine, with one of the four ornate candelabras that are located at each end, which were sculpted by Henri Desire Gauquie, but you can also see two of the columns, or socles as they are known, that have the gilded statues on top.
Coat of arms for Russia on lamp post
Yet this close up image shows the coat of arms for Russia, which was cast in bronze and can be found on one side of the ornate lamp posts that adorn the Pont Alexandre III bridge along the parapet, which is the low wall sometimes referred to as the balustrade.
Bronze and glass street lamps on top of Pont Alexandre III
Although this close up shows the top of one of the street lamps designed in an Art Nouveau style holding the glass lamps themselves, which makes the Pont Alexandre III look even more elaborate, and hence why it has become such a popular tourist attraction in the city.
Coat of Arms for France on lamp post
Now this close up photo shows another decorative element cast in the bronze on one side of the base of the lamp post that are positioned on the parapet of the Pont Alexandre III, and this particular symbol is the coat of arms for France.
Coat of arms for France on lamp post
However, on another side of the lamp post at the base you will see an animal sculpture with the year 1900, and this represents the Gallic Rooster, which is an emblem used by the French as an unofficial national symbol, just like the French Imperial Eagle was used during the First Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte and the Second Empire under Napoleon III.
Pont Alexandre III Art Nouveau lamp posts
Whereas this last HD photo shows a view along the Pont Alexandre III looking towards the Grand Palais with its glass roof and the Petit Palais, which you can just see to the right of the picture, and both of these buildings were also constructed at the same time as this bridge, which was for the 1900 World Fair in Paris.

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