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The Replica Of The Statue Of Liberty On The Île Aux Cygnes, Paris, France

France: Paris – Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, an iconic symbol in the United States, was a gift by the French Nation. In return the American Community in Paris gave a quarter-sized replica to the city of Paris to commenorate the centenary of the French Revolution

When people think of the many famous sites of Paris they would immediately mention the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame. The Statue of Liberty would not feature on that list. Well if you travel down the River Seine you would probably be surprised to see Lady Liberty proudly raising her torch to Paris!

The quarter-scale replica sits on the southern end of Île aux Cygnes, an artificial island built in the Seine in 1827 to separate river traffic from the busy port of Grenelle. Over time, a tree-lined walkway was built that runs the full 850-meter length of the island, and three bridges were built across the island to connect the 15th and 16th arrondissements. Île aux Cygnes is the third-largest island in Paris.

The statue itself was given to the city of Paris in 1889 by the American community in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. Oddly enough it was inaugurated on July 4th, American Independence Day, not July 14th, Bastille Day – which is the celebration day of the French Revolution. The Paris Statue of Liberty was installed 3 years after her big sister in New York Harbour, and was in fact one of the working models constructed during the preparation of the ‘real one’. 

The statue can be accessed via either the Pont de Grenelle or the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, both of which cross the Île aux Cygnes. It is not the only Statue of Liberty replica in Paris—both the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée des Arts et Métiers house their own version.

The replica of the Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes

Planning your visit to the Replica of the Statue of Liberty

Best time to visit Paris

You’ll experience crowds from May to September, but encounter the most people in July (followed closely by June and August). We’d recommend visiting between October and April if your main objective is to avoid crowds. For the warmest temperatures, October and April are the best times to visit Paris sans crowds.

Other places to visit while in Paris

1. BANKS OF THE RIVER SEINE

The banks of the River Seine through the heart of Paris are listed as UNESCO world heritage site due to the incredible architecture of buildings such as Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Grand Palais and the examples of outstanding town planning, in particular, the large squares and avenues built by Haussmann at the time of Napoleon III have influenced town planning throughout the world.

2. MUSEE D’ORSAY

Housed in a train station built for the 1900 World’s Fair, the Musée d’Orsay is known throughout the world for its rich collection of Impressionist paintings including masterpieces as iconic as the Bal au Moulin de la galette from Renoir or The room at Arles de Van Gogh. Its collections include works of architecture, decorative arts and photography in addition to traditional artistic fields (painting, sculpture, graphic arts). They thus draw a broad panorama of French and European art from 1848 to 1914.

3. PALACE OF VERSAILLES

The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.

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