Pont d’Iéna ,Paris!

Ok so here I am inspire again on writing about the different spots around my eternal Paris. The whole world comes to Paris , yes it is nice, I just wish they see my belle France. As said, Hemingway wrote the Movable Feast printed posthume, if he had traveled more he would have written a second volume, France is a movable feast!

Having said that, let me tell you about some of the bridges of Paris, sublime, beautiful, architecturally stunning and full of wonderful history. And why not start with the Pont d’Iéna!

The Pont d’Iéna connects the Eiffel Tower to the Trocadéro. On the left bank, it separates the port of La Bourdonnais from the port of Suffren. This site is served by the Trocadéro metro 6 and 9 lines. This bridge bears this name in memory of the victory of Jena ,October 14, 1806. Napoleon Bonaparte built a bridge facing the école militaire and he gave it by a decree dated Warsaw in 1807 the name of the battle of Jena won on October 14, 1806. Its initial construction lasted from 1808 to 1814.

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During the occupation of the capital by the Prussian troops 1870-71, General Blücher, the defeated in the Battle of Jena, wanted to blow it up, but Talleyrand had the structure renamed pont de l’École-Militaire and renamed the eagles which decorated it were also made to disappear. It will find its original name and its attire under Louis-Philippe.

In 1853, four sculptures were placed at the ends of the Pont d’Iéna: left bank: a Gallic Horseman; a Roman Horseman; right bank: an Arab Horseman and a Greek Horseman.  In 1935, the bridge was then widened by approximately 14 to 35 meters4 in anticipation of the Universal Exhibition of 1937 by the addition of two concrete elements on either side of the initial structure; each of the old piers is reinforced by adding an upstream stack and a downstream stack. With a length of 155 meters, the structure presents 5 arches of 28 meters in an arc, four intermediate piles and eardrums are decorated with imperial eagles.

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Actually, this is one bridge Pont d’Iéna ;I come often as my last few years office is not far and I do walk around the tour Eiffel every month until the virus and then back in September.

No specific on the Paris tourist office for it, but do have walks around Iéna and Alma in English here: Paris tourist office on walks along the Iéna and Alma areas

And there you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Paris, once bitten, the virus of love stays with you. Hope you enjoy the post on the Pont d’Iéna of Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Pont d’Iéna ,Paris!”

  1. That man Napoleon again. What a genius. I have a book of my father’s, a book of British Heroes’ which rather bizarrely includes Napoleon. I wouldn’t argue with that.

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