Pont d'Iena bridge in Paris
The Pont d'Iena is one of the bridges over the River Seine, and although it is not one of the most famous, it is in a very prominent position, as it is located between the Eiffel Tower and the Palais Chaillot, and has now been classified as one of the historical monuments in Paris.
The Pont d'Iena Bridge
The Pont d'Iena was named after the Battle of Jena, and in English it is often known as Jena Bridge, and was designed to get people from the Ecole Militaire and the Champ de Mars over to the Trocadero on the opposite bank of the River Seine.
Yet the history of Pont d'Iena started during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte I, well before the Eiffel Tower was even thought of.
This bridge was widened to 35 metres in total back in 1937, which is how you will still be able to see it today, and although most people go over it to visit some of the famous tourist attractions in Paris like the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero Gardens with the fabulous fountains and the Palais Chaillot, many do not really think about the Pont d'Iena as one of the landmarks.
However, it most certainly is, with the Imperial Eagles that you can see on the tympana above the piers, along with the four equestrian statues depicting different warriors with their horses, and is now classified as a historical monument in the city, even though it is not as ornate as some bridges like the Pont Alexandre III.
But getting back to these statues, on the right bank of the River Seine, which is on the side by the Eiffel Tower, you will find the Gallic warrior sculpted by Antoine Preault and a Roman warrior that was produced by Louis Daumas. Yet heading across the bridge to the left bank, which is where you will find the Palais de Chaillot and its museums, the other two statues are of an Arab warrior that was sculpted by Jean-Jacques Feuchere and the other is a Greek warrior produced by Francois Devault.
You will find that the Pont d'Iena is a wide bridge with a path either side that is over 6 metres, which even at busy times makes negotiating it easier, and it stretch over 150 metres accross the River Seine.
Visiting Pont d'Iena
As you have already seen in our pictures of the Pont d'Iena, it is located right by the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars Park in the 7th Arrondissement, and goes over the River Seine to the 16th Arrondissement where the Jardins du Trocadero Gardens and the Palais de Chaillot are located.
The start of the bridge on the right bank is by the Quai Branly, whereas the start of the Pont d'Iena on the left bank of the River Seine is by the Quai de New-York.
And as well as these tourist attractions, there are others close by that you could visit including a memorial, along with river seine cruise companies and even a childrens carrousel.
When it comes to public transport in Paris, You will find that the nearest Metro station is the Trocadero stop serving line 6 and 9, or slightly further is the Bir-Hakeim station, yet the nearest RER stop is the Pont d'Alma line C.
However, the tours like l'OpenTour also stop right nearby to the Pont d'Iana bridge at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, but if you fancy getting off dry land, then the Batobus water bus service has a dock right next to the bridge on the Port de la Bourdonnais for you to utilise the River Seine hop on hop off water shuttle service.