Friday, April 18, 2014

The Tip of the Island

Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Bir-Hakeim bridge, Parigi
The northern tip of the Île aux Cygnes and the central arch of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
With the statue “La France Renaissante” by Holger Wederkinch
16e arrondissements
Paris, July 2012

See also: La France Renaissante - Charging the Eiffel Tower

“The bridge, made of steel, is the second to have stood at the site. It was constructed between 1903 and 1905, replacing an earlier bridge that had been erected in 1878. An arch bridge, it is 237 metres (777 ft) long and 24.7 metres (81 ft) wide. The bridge has two levels: one for motor vehicles and pedestrians, and a viaduct above, through which passes Line 6 of the Paris Métro. The railway viaduct is supported by metal colonnades, except where it passes over the île aux Cygnes, where it rests on a masonry arch. Many commemorative plates decorate the viaduct bridge, including several dedicated to soldiers fallen in Belgium during the Second World War.”
(Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Wikipedia)