The stone was laid by the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II Romanov. The most beautiful bridge in Paris bears the name of his father, Alexander III, and was built in honor of the Franco-Russian friendship. It was the biggest attraction of the World Exhibition in 1900, but the extravagant Art Nouveau style that adorns it has not really liked contemporaries. Some even felt that it should be torn down after the fair. Fortunately, this did not happen.