Saturday, December 09, 2006

Pont d'Austerlitz

The first Austerlitz bridge across the Seine was built of iron and commemorated in 1805 for Napolean's victory at Austerlitz (one of his greatest victories, also known as the Battle of the Three Emporers).

But this arch bridge was deterioriating 50 years later and was re-engineered out of masonry by Jean-Marie-Georges Choquet, Guiard, Zoroastre-Alexandre Michal and Jules Savarin in 1854.

It is 174 meters long and 30 meters wide.


Ginnie said...

It's a must to enlarge the pic to see a closer-up of the emblems. Very nice in monochrome, Ruth. History has never been my thing but when I get it in bits-n-pieces like this, I actually enjoy it. :) Thanks.

Ruth said...

Hey, you found my new post! :D

Thanks about the photo. I'm the same with history. I really like this blog for that reason. I can research and learn about small things, such as this bridge, and then build on that.

Rauf said...

Ruth, When ever I see not so old ruins, I always think of a dishonest greedy building contractors. They have been around all the time in the history. Perhaps this bridge was built in a hurry. Some thousand year old buldings last for ever, I appreciate the honest building contractors, they have been around too.

Ruth said...

Rauf, you're good at considering the background of these things. That comes with lots of knowledge of history, and I admire that.

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