HD photos of Pont de Bir-Hakeim in Paris France - Page 1
As you will see from these high definition photos of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, it not only crosses the River Seine, it also connects to the Ile aux Cygnes island, which is in fact an artificial island in the middle of the river that was constructed to protect the Port de Grenelle.
Photo of Pont de Bir-Hakeim over the River Seine
Here you can see a photo we took from the bank of the River Seine showing some of the boats moored up close to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge in Paris, and as you can tell from this image, it is a two tier bridge, with the lower level being a road bridge that has two lateral roadways separated by a central walkway and pedestrian footpaths on either side, whereas the upper level has the Metro railway viaduct, which is supported by metal columns resting on the central space with its ornate arch in the middle on the Ile aux Cygnes.
HD Picture showing some of the houseboats moored close to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
There was once a metal footbridge that spanned the River Seine over the Ile aux Cygnes, which translates to Isle of the Swans in English, and this was constructed back in the 1800s, however, by 1900 this was not adequate and plans were put in place for a road bridge as well as a railway bridge, which is what you can see in this HD photo we took, and this was taken while we were standing next to some of the boats moored up along the bank.
Photo of the centre section of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
This is a photo we took of the central arch on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge that rests on the tip of the Ile aux Cygnes, along with the bronze equestrian statue called La France Renaissante that was produced by the sculptor Holger Wederkinch, and as you can tell from this picture, the bridge itself is on two different levels, one for pedestrians and road vehicles, while the other serves a Metro railway line.
This picture shows part of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim that has the bronze statue called La France Renaissante
Even though you cannot see much of the bridge in this picture, the Pont de Bir-Hakeim is to the very left and goes over the Ile aux Cygnes Island, and at this point it is where you can see the bronze equestrian statue called La France Renaissante, and this particular bridge, which combines two levels for a road and railway travels over the River Seine to the impressive buildings in the 16th Arrondissement that you can see in the background of this photo.
Photo showing Metro train crossing on to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim at Boulevard de Grenellein
This is a high definition photo we took while walking along Boulevard de Grenellein in the 15th Arrondissement looking at the Metro train as it was travelling onto the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge over the River Seine that goes over the Ile aux Cygnes, or swan island, and this was originally constructed between 1903 and 1905, then strengthened in the 1930s and was only renamed as the Bir-Hakeim bridge in 1948.
Picture showing the two levels on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
The bridge over the River Seine you can see in this image was once called the Pont de Passy, and then the Viaduc de Passy, which was named after the area in Paris it reaches, however, this particular bridge was renamed the Pont de Bir-Hakeim in 1948 in recognition of the Battle of Bir Hakeim, where Free French forces went into battle against the enemy in 1942, and this is a photograph showing a part of this two level bridge with the railway line on the upper part.
Photo of ironsmith riveters on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
It was a structural engineer and designer that worked on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, yet it was the French architect Jean-Camille Formige who commissioned the sculptor Gustave Michel to produce the decorations of the cast iron sculpture groups, and this is a photo we took while on the bank of the River Seine that shows one of these groups representing ironsmith riveters, which is located on a support for this bridge in Paris.
High definition photo of the Boatmen sculpture on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim North side of the bridge
Located on the supports of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, you will find wrought iron sculpture groups that are aligned with the piers at the arch springs, and these were produced by Gustave Michel after he was commissioned for these by the architect Formige, and the statue group you can see in this close up photo is called the Boatmen and is located beneath the lower level of the bridge.
HD picture of Boatmen sculpture on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim South side of the bridge
This is a close up high definition photo we took of a statue group cast in iron that was sculpted by Gustave Michel, and is called the Boatmen, yet this artist also produced the other group known as the iron riveters, and these were produced in between the years 1903 and 1905, which was when the Pont de Bir-Hakeim was constructed by the contractors Dayde and Pille.
HD photo of Iron Riveters sculpture on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim North side of the bridge
This is another close up HD photo we took of a statue group on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, that was produced by the sculptor Gustave Michel, yet this one is named the iron riveters, and as you can tell from this image, it is located between the arch spans and has incredible detail, which shows the impressive capabilities of the artist chosen to complete these works of art on what would otherwise be a very plain bridge over the River Seine.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim central stone arch that supports the metro railway viaduct
This is a photo of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge looking at the elegant central arch with its pillars that supports the Metro railway viaduct on top of this two tier bridge over the River Seine that was completed in 1905, and the arch has four monumental stone statues in high-relief, which are figures of Science and Labor by Jules-Felix Coutan, and Electricity and Commerce by Jean Antoine Injalbert, two of them you can see in this image.
Photo of central walk way and metal frame work of the Pont de Bir-Hakiem
In this image, you can see that we were underneath the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge looking up at its metal framework and along the central walk way, which goes across the River Seine with supports on the Ile aux Cygnes in the middle of the river, before reaching the opposite side, and if you look very closely at the right hand side of the photo you may be able to make out that there is a statue, which is located in front of an arch and support pillar on the island.
Picture of The Renaissance France statue on the Pont de Bir-Hakein in Paris
To take this HD photo we had to walk along the North side of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge towards the centre part that connect to Swans Island, which is where you will find the equestrian statue that was produced by the Danish sculptor Holger Wederkinch in 1930 called The Renaissance France, or France Reborn, and as you can no doubt tell from this photograph, it provides a truly different view of the most famous landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and offers a great photo opportunity.
Photo of Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting to the 16th arrondissement in Paris
Here you can see one section of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge spanning the River Seine from the 15th Arrondissement, which is where we were when we took this photo, and it goes over to the 16th Arrondissement, and made of steel with a railway line viaduct for the Metro on Line 6, it is now on the register of supplemental historical monuments in Paris.
Picture of plaque on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Here you can see a photo we took of a plaque that is located on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge over the River Seine, and this generally translates as, To Bir-Hakeim From 27th May To 11th June 1942 The First Brigade Of The Free French Forces Pushes The Furious Assaults Of Two Enemy Divisions And Affirms To The World That France Has Never Stopped Fighting, and this is why the bridge was renamed in remembrance of this battle during World War II.