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We cruised river La Seine on a bateau-mouche. This is a great way to visit places and from angles that we don’t see by only walking.
Passing under one of the many bridges, this point of view struck me.
_In 1807, Napoléon I ordered, by an imperial decree issued in Warsaw, the construction of a bridge overlooking the Military School, and named the bridge after his victory in 1806 at the Battle of Jena, disregarding names considered previously: pont du Champ-de-Mars and pont de l’École militaire. Prussian General Blucher wanted to destroy the bridge after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and when the Prussians were the first to capture Paris, but was persuaded not to by the Allied forces. Blucher had been present at the humiliating defeat of the Prussians by Napoleon at the Battle of Jena, where approximately 28,000 Prussians were killed to France’s 2,480, after which Prussia was occupied by France.
The Pont d’Iéna at night.
The structure was designed with five arches, each with an arc length of 28 m, and four intermediate piers. The initial construction, the cost of which was enormous at the time, was fully financed by the State and spanned six years from 1808 to 1814._ ref: Wikipedia.
Location: River La Seine, Paris, France
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Copyright: Yannik Hay
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