Statues of Liberty in Paris
An emblematic symbol of New York in the United States, the Statue of Liberty is a gift from the French to the Americans. And some of them are scattered throughout the French capital.
To know the history of the Statue
Designed by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty of New York is a gift from the French to the Americans to symbolize 100 years of American independence.
However, some say that Auguste Bartholdi’s intention was in fact only to create a lighthouse (a monument) in a city he had never visited before. And to make his project come true, he raised funds through shows and visits to build the statue in France.
What does the statue symbolise?
The torch and the book in the left hand of the Statue of Liberty are symbols of Masonry. The face of the statue was inspired by the face of the French sculptor’s mother. What many people don’t know is that there are replicas of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.
In Paris there are 5 replicas of the Statue of Liberty.
They are located in :
- Ile aux Cygnes - The first Statue of Liberty in Paris (the position of the statue faces New York) located at 75015 Paris, near the Pont de Grenelle. In addition to being able to see the statue, it is possible to have a privileged view of the Eiffel Tower. - Jardin du Luxembourg located at 75006 Paris, with access from rue Guynemer. - Musée d'Orsay - The replica of the statue, which is now in the museum, used to be in the Jardin du Luxembourg; it is located at 62 rue de Lille, with access from 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur. - Place d'Alma - On the square, we have the replica of the flame which is carried by the Statue of Liberty located at 75008 Paris, with access from 292 rue Saint-Martin. - Musée des Arts et Métiers located at 60 rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, we have a replica outside the museum and a plaster model inside.
There is also a statue in Colmar (France), in Las Vegas and in Tokyo.
Facts about the Statue of Liberty in Paris
The Statues of Liberty in Paris, in addition to having a strong historical value, have interesting curiosities :
1. The Flame of Liberty is located near the tunnel where Princess Diana’s accident occurred in August 1997. This is why many people think that the statue is in her honour. However, it represents in real size the flame of the Statue of Liberty.
- There is a sonnet on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty that says: “.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” she shouts.
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
- The engineer of the Statue of Liberty was Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower.