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Under the Bridge - Pont Neuf, Paris

Pont Neuf ("New Bridge") is ironically the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, France. Its famous for its mascarons. The mascarons are the stone masks, 381 in number, each being different and which decorate the sides of the bridge. They represent the heads of forest and field divinities from ancient mythology, as well as satyrs and sylvains. The mascarons remained in place until 1851-1854, when the bridge was completely rebuilt. At the time of the reconstruction, the Renaissance masks were replaced with copies made by noted 19th century sculptors, including Hippolyte Maindron, Hubert Lavigne, Antoine-Louis Barye and Fontenelle.