When in Paris, you’re never out of ideas to enjoy your vacation. No matter if you’re familiar with the capital or you’re visiting Paris for the first time, the City of Lights has always a lot to offer to make of your stay an exciting one.
Though a visit to Paris is never fulfilled without being to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, or the Champs Elysées, the French capital has a way more places to visit and secretes to unveil. We’ve already taken you through the covered passages, the Musée des Egouts, and you may have flown to Chinatown at the 13th arrondissment, and this time you’ll be heading to New York, right here in Paris. It’s no joke, you may not know about the Parisian versions of the Statue of Liberty, the emblematic sculpture of New York, yet we do have five amazing copies we invite you to discover through this post.
About the Statue of Liberty
Recognized worldwide as the symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the gift of France to the United States on October, 28, 1886, to become nowadays one of the most famous landmarks in New York. The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, representing a female figure referring to Libertas; the Roman Goddess, to soon become a universal symbol of freedom, copied in different countries around the world.
Today, we’re gonna lead you through the Parisian versions of the Statue of liberty, here we go!
Statue of Liberty at L’île aux Cygnes
This version seems to be the most famous one. Inaugurated in 1889, just three years after the original one, this copy is located by the end of the L’île aux Cygnes in Paris, at the Pont de Grenelle. The Statue of Liberty at l’île aux Cygnes is of a considerable height, measuring 11.5 meters, with a difference of 30 meters compared to that of New York.
Statue of Liberty at les Jardins du Luxembourg
The second statue of Liberty is less known and is located in the Luxembourg Gardens. Presented at the 1900 World Expo and offered by Bartholdi Museum in Luxembourg, this “mini statue” is of 2.85 meters, made up of bronze and was first installed in the Luxembourg Palace, then in the garden in 1906.
Statue of Liberty at the Musée des Arts et Métiers
Entirely made of plaster, building model which is based in the Museum of Arts and Crafts made no less than 14 tonnes. It was she Auguste Bartholdi use to achieve, by extension, the Statue of Liberty in New York. The museum also hosts a reproduction, also in plaster, of a scale 1/16, 1876. This model has also been used to achieve the bronze statue that stands since 2010 outside the museum.
This was our journey with the origins of the Statue of Liberty, if you’re eager to learn more about this great masterpiece, go for a visit to the workshop where it was built hundreds of years ago, this amazing apartment is at a walking distance.
Have you ever been to any of them, that of New York or those of Paris? Let us know in the comment 😉