Where to find the Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris?

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There are a few replicas of the Statue of Liberty that are found across Paris: Île aux Cygnes, Luxembourg Garden, Orsay Museum… These are easy to spot and in plain sight. But there is another Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris. Only a few people know of its existence. In fact it consists in a very small replica situated on a square of the 6th arrondissement.


Where to find the Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris?

Head to the square of Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge.

See the statue representing a centaur?

Le Centaure is a 5 metre tall statue in bronze created by French sculptor César (1921-1998).

Taking centre stage on the Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge (or Place Michel-Debré) in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, it represents a centaur. This mythological creature consists of a upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse.

In fact, the head of the sculpture is a self-portrait of its author, French sculpteur César.

Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge, Paris © French Moments

Le Centaure, the statue in the Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge © French Moments

Only a few people know about the existence of a very small replica of the Statue of Liberty hidden in plain sight on the chest of the statue. About the size of an adult’s hand, the tiny Statue of Liberty is visible from the front of the centaur.

Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris © French Moments

See the tiny Statue of Liberty in ‘Le Centaure’ statue? © French Moments

A bit closer through my camera lens:

Monument by César Baldaccini in Paris © French Moments

A closer look! © French Moments

And then it appears in full sight!

Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris

The Statue of Liberty hidden in Le Centaure © French Moments

Other replicas of the Statue of Liberty

There is another replica of the Statue of Liberty in the 6th arrondissement where the statue is in plain sight. You’ll find it in the Luxembourg Garden.

Replica of the Statue of Liberty in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris © French Moments

Replica of the Statue of Liberty in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris © French Moments

You’ll discover the full-size replica of the torch in Place d’Alma. The “Flame of Liberty” monument has become over the years an unofficial shrine to Lady Diana. The princess died in the tunnel just under it.

Flamer of Liberty Paris

The Flame of Liberty, Place de l’Alma in Paris © French Moments

And of course, you’ll find the largest replica of Lady Liberty in the île aux Cygnes, South of the Eiffel Tower:

Autumn in France, Paris © French Moments

Lady Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in Autumn, Paris © French Moments


About French sculptor César

César was born in Marseille as César Baldaccini (1921–1998). He is a noted French sculptor of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. Some of his most famous works include compacted automobiles, discarded metal, or rubbish and fantastic representations of animals and insects.


How to get there

  • Location of the statue Le Centaure (link opens a google map).
  • Closest métro stations: Saint-Sulpice (line 4) and Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10, 12).

 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

2 Comments

  1. Ziggy Hirsch on

    Thank you for the detailed information about the various Statues of Liberty in Paris, including the tiny one in the Centaur. But isn’t there another one in the courtyard in front of the Museum Arts et Metiers (on the corner of Reaumur and Vaucanson)? Or have they moved that one? I think I recently saw it on a street view on Google Maps.

    Again, thanks for all the great info.
    Ziggy

    • Bonjour Ziggy! Thank you for your comment. Yes you’re right, the Musée des arts et métiers does have a replica of the Statue of Liberty in the forecourt! And I also stumbled upon another one at Musée d’Orsay! 🙂

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