Statue of Liberty, Île aux Cygnes – Paris, France

A 22 metres tall replica of the Statue of Liberty, even visible from the top of the Eiffel Tower, is located behind Pont de Grenelle, a bridge in Paris, France, that crosses the Seine river. It connects the city’s 15th and 16th arrondissements, and passes through the Île aux Cygnes (Swan Island), a 850 metres artificial island created in 1827.

Fortunately, the day I shot the photo the sky wasn’t blue and it was raining: enough for the woman walking on the deck to open her umbrella, but not to much to preserve the camera (few years later in Venice, I wasn’t so lucky with the snow).

Photo of Statue of Liberty, Île aux Cygnes

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In Paris also there is a Statue of Liberty!
In Paris also there is a Statue of Liberty!

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Yashica FX, Kodak T-Max 400 – 50mm Contax Zeiss f/1,4 – 1997 ?

Google Street View, Île aux Cygnes and Pont de Grenelle

I shot the photo from this location but I was a little bit closer (the distance is exaggerated by the wide lens used by Google Street View).

Learn more about the replica on Île aux Cygnes

The original Statue of Liberty was a gift given by the French people to the United States in 1886 for the American Declaration of Independence’s anniversary (1776-1886). The replica is a 1889 gift from U.S. citizens living in Paris to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the french revolution.

The Île aux Cygnes with the quarter-scale replica of The Statue of Liberty, seen from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Île aux Cygnes in Paris with the quarter-scale replica of The Statue of Liberty.

The replica is now facing west, in the direction of its larger sibling in New York City (until 1937, the statue was originally facing east toward the Eiffel Tower).

More replicas of the Statue of Liberty in Paris

Musée d’Orsay

There is one replica inside the Musée d’Orsay, a museum installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The statue, a little under three metres high, was commissioned by Bartholdi himself, the French sculptor who designed the original Statue of Liberty, Liberty Enlightening the World.

From 1906 to 2011, the statute was installed inside the Luxembourg Gardens.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

The 2.86-metre tall original plaster maquette finished in 1878 by Auguste Bartholdi that was used to make the statue in New York is inside the Metiers Art Museum, the Europe’s oldest science museum.

The Statue of Liberty standing on the square outside the museum entrance in front of the former church of Saint Martin des Champs is a bronze copy made from the plaster maquette.

Flame of Liberty

There is a life-size copy of the torch, Flame of Liberty, above the entrance to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel near the Champs-Élysées. Since it is inside this car tunnel that Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in the early hours of August 31, 1997, the torch is now an unofficial memorial.

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