The Debilly footbridge (Passerelle Debilly) is one of 37 bridges located in Paris (France) across the Seine.

The Debilly footbridge joins Avenue de New York to the David Ben Gurion esplanade, Quai Jacques-Chirac and Quai Branly, thus linking the 16th to the 7th arrondissement.

In order to accommodate visitor traffic to the 1900 World’s Fair across the Seine, the General Commissioner of the Exposition, Alfred Picard, approved the construction of a provisional footbridge opposite the Avenue Albert de Mun, to join the Army and Navy Halls to the exhibit recreating old Paris. Its architect, Jean Résal, also designed the Pont Alexandre III and the Viaduc d’Austerlitz.

The footbridge is built on a metallic framework resting on two stone piers at the riverbanks, and decorated with dark green ceramic tiles arranged in a fashion that suggests the impression of waves. Along with the Eiffel Tower, this is the second metallic structure that stands as an attestation to the engineering achievements of its epoch.

This site is served by the Iéna metro station.

It bears the name of the brigadier general, Jean-Louis Debilly (1763-1806), killed at the battle of Iena.

Next upstream: Pont de l’Alma
Next downstream: Pont d’Iéna

Design: Through arch bridge

Total length: 125 m (410 ft)

Width: 8 m (26 ft)

Opened: 1900

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