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Pont Mirabeau: photo description (Pont Mirabeau)

Pont Mirabeau glorified in his poems the French poet of the early XX century, Guillaume Apollinaire. This poem is from the collection "Alcohol" exists in numerous translations into different languages of the world.

Under the bridge Mirabeau the Seine forever new.
This is our love
For me, forever unchanged,
This sorrow is replaced with happiness instantly.
(Translated By Pavel Antokolsky)

Mirabeau connects the street Convention street Remusat. What this place needed a bridge, decided in 1893, the President of the Republic Sadi Carnot. The bridge was built by the engineer Fields Rabela and was named in honor of a famous politician, leader of the French revolution, honoré Mirabeau.

Bridge with a length of 173 meters was at the time the longest and tallest in Paris. Its pylons are constructed in the form of ships, each of which is decorated with graceful allegorical statues by Jean-Antoine Engelber. The famous French sculptor was promoted to officer of the Legion of honour on the opening day of the bridge.

The pylon at the right Bank of the Seine depicts a ship sailing downstream, and the pylon at the left Bank - the ship that floats upstream. On the right Bank at the "nose" sits a statue of "Paris", holding axe - one of the symbols of power, and the "food" - "Navigation", which represents the Paris river transport. On the left side on the "nose" of a merchant ship - "Abundance", and "stern" puts rigging "Commerce". "Paris" and "Abundance" look at the Seine, while "Navigation" and "Commerce" - on the bridge. On the fence of the bridge above each statue is the emblem of Paris, the "face" to passers-by.

The Pont Mirabeau was at that time a symbol of progress and industry, it was built with the latest technology - so Engelber offered such allegory. And maybe that's why Apollinaire wrote a poem about it Mirabeau bridge new, modern, and the problems of a person who is standing on it and looking at the water, the eternal.