The bridge of superlatives – Alexandre III bridge (Paris)

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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. It is classified as a French Monument historique.

History

The Beaux-Arts style bridge, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, 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…

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EL ROCHENSE HÉROE DE GUERRA

LA AGENCIA MUNDIAL DE PRENSA

nina-que-miraba-los-trenes-partir-ruperto-long-envios-S_255911-MLU20660775685_042016-F…La niña de ocho años siente otra vez el terror en su máxima intensidad. En cualquier momento pueden llegar los nazis. Siente el sonido de los tacones militares. Se abre la puerta y entran unos soldados. Uno se acerca, viste el uniforme de la Legión Extranjera. La acaricia, le habla en español, saca de su bolsillo una pera y se la da. El hombre les comunica que están al fin libres y se va.

La niña y sus familiares salen a la calle , cantan La Marsellesa, el himno de la libertad .

 Charlotte recuerda : “Y de pronto golpeé con mi brazo algo que tenía en el bolsillo de la pollera, introduje la mano. Era la pera que me había obsequiado el legionario, la saqué con cuidado, la froté contra mi ropa para limpiarla y le di un mordisco. Era fresca, suave, jugosa .Nunca había probado algo tan…

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Louvre Palace Perspectives

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The Louvre Palace is a former royal palace located on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. Its origins date back to the medieval period, and its present structure has evolved in stages since the 16th century. It was the actual seat of power in France until Louis XIV moved to Versailles in 1682, bringing the government with him. The Louvre remained the nominal, or formal, seat of government until the end of the Ancien Régime in 1789. Since then it has housed the celebrated Musée du Louvre as well as various government departments.

The “Old Louvre”

The Old Louvre occupies the site of the 12th-century fortress of King Philip Augustus, also called the Louvre. Its foundations are viewable in the basement level as the “Medieval Louvre” department. This structure was razed in 1546 by King Francis I in…

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