No, not macarons. We’re not talking about Ladurée here: mascaroons are sculpted faces, like masks, that figure prominently on the Pont Neuf, Paris’s oldest existing bridge. A diver from the river police discovered this fallen mascaroon in 2014, although it probably dated from the 1600s, when the bridge was built. Talk about a lucky find.
It’s not all useless junk and cadavers down there: two early 20th-century bronze busts were stolen from a private collector in 2000, while she was in the hospital. The owner thought she would never see the works again... until members of the river police, on a routine training session, came across the sculptures at the bottom of the Seine in 2012.
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