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Alma Bridge

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Pont de l’Alma (Alma Bridge in English) is an arch bridge in Paris, crossing the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Franco-British alliance achieved victory over the Russian army on September 20, 1854.

History

The bridge underwent complete reconstruction between 1970 and 1974, as it had been too narrow to accommodate the increasing traffic both on and below it; moreover, the structure had subsided some 80 centimeters over time. After the reconstruction, only the statue of the Zouave was preserved. The Skirmisher was relocated to the Gravelle Stronghold in Vincennes, the Grenadier to Dijon, and the Artillery to La Fère.

Lady Diana

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The bridge is close to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel where Diana, Princess of Wales and her companion Dodi Fayed were fatally injured in a car accident on August 31, 1997. The Flame of Liberty at the bridge’s north end has become an unofficial memorial to her.















Station:
Metro Alma-Marceau line 9
RER C Pont de l’Alma


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