Saturday, 28 May 2011

Cherubs, lampposts and golden horses vie for attention

The Pont Alexandre III bridge was built as part of the series of projects built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. Construction started in 1897 and was completed 3 years later. Components of the bridge were pre-fabricated in a factory and then brought to the site and assembled using a large crane. I have mentioned the amazingly over the top lampposts on Pont Alexandre III before. These ones. 
Viewed like this they look utterly extravagant. When you look more closely you realise the extravagance extends to the details.
I was rather taken with the lamppost's lion paw feet.
Not to mention this cherub surfing on a giant fish.
If you look closer still you see that somebody has attached one of the 'love locks' by the base of the fish.
People haven't been able to resist touching the cherub's toe.
At each end of the bridge are stone statues, often detailed with gold. 
The Eiffel Tower is vying for attention...."Coucou, don't forget me! I'm over here. Remember!"

And then of course there are the gold horses on top of the 17 metre high granite pillars. They have been gilded recently and shine beautifully as they catch the sun.
I can't help thinking this horse is also trying to get my attention..."Pick me, pick me!"


  1. Wonderful photos, as always ! Thanks for sharing and Happy Early Mother's Day !!

  2. I love all this detail. It would take me all day just to cross the bridge!

  3. Thanks G, and happy Mother's day to you too.
    Indeed M, quite an amazing amount of details, and which ever way you look there is some spectacular monument to catch your eye, BB