MASCARONS

 

When one walks along the Seine from Notre Dame towards the Louvre, one comes upon the Pont Neuf. Once the symbol of the city during the Ancien Régime, Paris’ oldest bridge really isn’t, having been replaced stone for stone through the centuries in various renovation projects since its completion under Henry IV in 1607. The bridge is decorated with some 380 ornamental faces called mascarons. The present ones date to renovations undertaken in the 1850’s and like the gargoyles and chimeras of Notre Dame are replacements for much older figures that deteriorated over the centuries…

 

 

000 mascarons

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo of ten of the mascarons on the Pont Neuf taken in Paris in February 2007.


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