Pont_Alexandre_III Latitude and Longitude:

48°51′49″N 2°18′49″E / 48.86361°N 2.31361°E / 48.86361; 2.31361
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Pont Alexandre III
The bridge seen from the Pont de la Concorde, 2012
Coordinates 48°51′49″N 2°18′49″E / 48.8636°N 2.3136°E / 48.8636; 2.3136
Crosses The Seine River
Locale Paris, France
Next upstream Pont de la Concorde
Next downstream Pont des Invalides
Total length160 metres (520 ft) [1]
Width40 metres (130 ft) [1]
Location on the Seine in Paris.

The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city. [2] [3] It has been classified as a French monument historique since 1975. [4]


The Beaux-Arts style bridge, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at both ends, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III of Russia, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. The style of the bridge reflects that of the Grand Palais, to which it leads on the right bank.

The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a 6 metres (20 ft) high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard [ fr] and Gaston Cousin, was constrained by the need to keep the bridge from obscuring the view of the Champs-Élysées or the Invalides.

The bridge was built by the engineers Jean Résal and Amédée Alby [ fr]. It was inaugurated in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle (universal exhibition) World's Fair, as were the nearby Grand Palais and Petit Palais.


Gilded Fames sculptures on the socle counterweights.
Nymphs of the Neva relief.
Twilight view, looking toward the dôme of Les Invalides

Numerous sculptors provided the sculptures that feature prominently on the bridge.


Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the bridge, supported on massive 17 metres (56 ft) masonry socles, that provide stabilizing counterweight for the arch, without interfering with monumental views. The socles are crowned by Fames restraining Pegasus.


The nymph reliefs are at the centres of the arches over the Seine, memorials to the Franco-Russian Alliance. [5] The Nymphs of the Seine has a relief of the arms of Paris, and faces the Nymphs of the Neva with the arms of Imperial Russia. They are both executed in hammered copper over forms by Georges Récipon.

In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was conceived as a memorial to the Franco-Russian Alliance. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone was laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure.

Cultural associations

Films and videos
  • In the 1956 film Anastasia, the final battle takes place at the bridge.
  • The Moody Blues' first music video footage for the song “ Nights in White Satin” was shot two times with two scenes throughout the middle and the ending of the song in 1967.
  • In the 1976 film Pardon Mon Affaire, a character drops a gun into the river from the bridge.
  • In the 1979 film French Postcards, the final romantic scene takes place on the bridge.
  • In the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, Bond comes to a halt at the bridge in a hijacked taxi. Moments later, Bond jumps from the bridge onto a boat.
  • In the 1997 animated film Anastasia, the bridge is damaged by Rasputin in an attempt to kill Anastasia, who in real life was the granddaughter of Alexander III of Russia. Ironically, his downfall and ultimate death take place on the same bridge.
  • In the 1998 film Ronin, the spy team meets some arms dealers under the bridge on the Right Bank.
  • In the 2004 film A Very Long Engagement, Marion Cotillard's character kills the character played by François Levantal under the bridge.
  • In the 2005 film Angel-A it is the Pont Alexandre III from which Angela and André jump into the Seine.
  • In the 2006 music video for Mariah Carey's hit single "Say Somethin'" with Pharrell and Snoop Dogg.
  • In the 2006 episode " Cold Stones" of The Sopranos, Carmela Soprano and her friend Rosalie Aprile walk in wonderment over the bridge.
  • In the 2011 film Midnight in Paris, the bridge is depicted in multiple scenes, including the final one.
  • Adele's music video for the song " Someone Like You" was shot on the bridge in 2011.
  • In the 2016 film Me Before You, the closing shot was filmed near the northeast corner of the bridge.
  • In the 2016 Bollywood film Befikre, the song "Nashe si Chadh Gayi" was shot on the river bank by the bridge.
  • The 2018 film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features a sequence with the main character, Newt Scamander, capturing an escaped magical creature known as a Zouwu on the bridge.
  • In the 2020 Netflix Original TV series Emily in Paris, Savoir, the French marketing firm where Emily works, films a perfume advertisement here with their client, Maison Lavaux.
  • Jung Jaehyun ( NCT) was shooting a music video for his cover version of the 2017 song " I Like Me Better" by Lauv.


  • In the 2017 Broadway musical Anastasia, based on the 1997 film, the bridge is seen in the second half of the musical and in the closing scene. Anastasia was the granddaughter of Alexander III, who is mentioned in the musical.


In June 2017, with Paris competing against Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics, Paris turned some of its world-famous landmarks over to sports and installed diving boards on the Alexandre III bridge that spanned the Seine. [6]


View of the street crossing on the bridge Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France

Olympic Days Paris June 2017 - Diving Platform Pont Alexandre-III

See also


  1. ^ a b "Alexandre III Bridge". Structurae—International Database for Civil and Structural Engineering. Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ Steele, Ross (2002). When in France, Do as the French Do. McGraw Hill Professional. p. 143. ISBN  978-0-8442-2552-4.
  3. ^ Blackmore, Ruth; McConnachie, James (2004). The Rough Guide to Paris Directions. Rough Guides. p. 15. ISBN  978-1-84353-317-7.
  4. ^ Base Mérimée: PA00088798, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French) Pont Alexandre III
  5. ^ "Pont Alexandre III". Retrieved 24 June 2023.
  6. ^ "Paris Puts On Show To Wow IOC In 2024 Bid". CBS Los Angeles. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

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