As a Fourth of July special, here’s the inside guide for how to find all the Statue of Liberty replicas in Paris.
But a lightning quick guide for those who don’t know: The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and constructed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the man who made the Eiffel Tower). Liberty was gifted the to US by the French in the late 1880s.
So, happy Fourth of July – and here’s where to find the Liberty statues in Paris (and beyond).
The grandest replica of all is just off the Grenelle Bridge on the little man-made island called Île aux Cygnes. That’s it pictured above (and below). While Liberty in New York was a gift from the French, this statue in Paris was a gift from the Americans. And it’s the biggest too, at 11.50 metres (37 feet 9 inches).
The hardest to find
There’s a Liberty nestled in the Jardin de Luxembourg in the sixth arrondissement. You can find it on the western edge of the park. Here’s what it looks like today. It’s just one of many, many statues in the park, so you’re forgiven if you can’t find her straight away.
The most prestigious
Head inside the famed Musee D’Orsay on the Left Bank to find this Liberty, which is located in the grand central aisle on the ground floor.
In fact, if you want an in-depth history of Lady Liberty and France, head over to the Musee D’Orsay’s site for much more information.
The closest two Lady Libs
If you want a two-for-one deal, head to the Arts-et-Metiers museum in the third arrondissement. There’s a Liberty replica right out the front of the building. And if you head inside the museum, there’s another perched atop a display in the centre of the main hall.
The biggest sample
You can find a 1:1 scale replica of the Flame of Liberty above the entrance to the Pont de l’Alma bridge on the Right Bank. The replica has become an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana, who died in the tunnel below.
So there you have it, five replicas and one flame replica. But wait, there’s more!
In fact, there are many, many more. You can find replicas of the Statue of Liberty all around France including a 12-metre high version in Colmar, a terracotta replica in Lyon, and one in Bordeaux that was seized by Nazis in World War Two (and replaced many years later).
That’s it. Happy Fourth of July. And if you liked this list, you’d probably love The Earful Tower’s recent Guide to Paris. Buy it here and support the show!