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Swan island, (Ile aux Cygnes)

Swan island, one of three Islands of old Paris, - artificial, in contrast to the Cité and Saint-Louis. It is narrow (11 meters wide) and long (850 meters). No swans there, and the name he received from located near the former Swan island, which in 1773 was attached to the field of Mars.

On the island there are three bridge - Grenelle, RUEIL and bir Hakeim. The Swan was built as a dam that protects the area Grenelle from floods, and now this - a place of romantic walks. In addition, the island is the Paris statue of Liberty.

Valley Grenelle in 52 BC was the site of the battle of the Gauls against the Romans. Much later here in the suburbs of Paris, were the powder magazine, which in 1794 was an explosion of such force that the houses in the area shook, and the bridge cracked. Killed about a thousand people. District Grenelle famous and tragic history in 1942 - it was here were the Winter velodrome, where before sending to concentration camps contained 8160 Jews arrested by the French police at the request of the German occupation administration.

Now Grenelle is a modern district with many high-rise buildings. Pont de Grenelle, too, would not represent anything special, if near it, on the semicircular extremity of Swan island, stood the statue of Liberty, a smaller version of new York. She stands with her back to the bridge and face West towards America. Go down to the Freedom possible in the middle of the bridge.

Walk along Swan Avenue will lead to the next bridge - RUEIL. This metal railway bridge, built for the world exhibition of 1900, looks very elegant. Now it trains RER line C. Passing under a stone arch, where the bridge rests on the island, walking hits the long section of Swan alley.

Alley is, in fact, there is an island. It looks festive and cozy: the simple path, along the sides 322 of different wood species. Straight ahead stands the Eiffel tower. Splashing down the Seine, you can hop on one of the benches facing the water and observe the life of the embankments, the river and the famous Paris barges on it. There are often picnics.

The end of the walk - a two-story bridge of bir-Hakeim, in the top tier for trains 6 subway lines, and the lower cars and pedestrians. In the East at the level of the bridge, the island completes the equestrian statue of "Resurgent France."