Friday Fun Facts – Statue of Liberty in Paris

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Friday Fun Facts Statue of Liberty - Original head in Paris

There are multiple Statue of Liberty’s to be found in Paris…

The United States and France have a long history together.  In commemoration of this alliance, the French offered the now famous Statue of Liberty in 1886.  Created by French sculpture Bartholdi and built by the famous Gustave Eiffel, it represents freedom for the people – a belief held strongly by both countries.

Just three years later, Americans residents living in Paris gave the French a 1/8 scale replica of our beloved Statue of Liberty.  Housed on the river Seine, she faces west to gaze across the oceans towards her favorite sister in New York City.

But there are so many more sisters living in Paris…

  1. The Statue of Liberty on Île aux Cygnes (a gift from Americans living in Paris)
  2. The Statue of Liberty in the Musée d’Orsay (original bronze model moved from the Jardin Luxembourg)
  3. The Statue of Liberty in the Jardin du Luxembourg (new bronze replica replacing original now housed in Musée d’Orsay)
  4. The Statue of Liberty in front of the Musée des Arts et Métiers (bronze replica #1)
  5. The Statue of Liberty in the Musée des Arts et Métiers (original plaster cast model)
  6. The tiniest Statue of Liberty at Place Michel-Debré on the sculpture “Le Centaure” by César (the mask in homage to Picasso, in the tail interestingly a broken Eiffel Tower)
  7. The Statue of Liberty on the docked houseboat “Nina” (just for fun)
  8. The Statue of Liberty flame near the Pont de l’Alma (full size replica of original and by unofficial memorial to Princess Diana who died in the car tunnel nearby)

Have you seen any or all of these?  Why not make a game of it and try to see them all should you have the chance to visit Paris!

Happy Travels,
-Girl Gone Gallic

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