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The 'Pont de Pierre' (literally translated as ‘the Bridge of Stone’) is a multiple stone arch bridge located in Bordeaux, which was built on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte between 1810 and 1822. The bridge was designed by Claude Deschamps with the assistance of his son, Jean-Baptiste Billaudel and was a challenge to construct due to the strength of the water current at this point in the Garonne River. The bridge’s design includes seventeen arches – which are said to correspond with the number of letters in the Napoleon Bonaparte’s name. Stretching 487 metres across the river Garonne, it is built using stone and brick, hence its name. The construction of the bridge features six longitudinal galleries, the chambers of which can be inspected from within the arches of the bridge, which make the bridge a hollow structure – as in this model.
The decorative medallion on the bridge, positioned between the arches, is the ‘chiffre’ or symbol of Louis XVIII, who was the King of France when the stone bridge was inaugurated. The decoration on the bridge was painted, not sculpted as on this model, and so the decoration on the medallions is no longer visible.
|Height||48.00 cm||(18.90 inches)|
|Width||108.00 cm||(42.52 inches)|
|Depth||30.50 cm||(12.01 inches)|
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