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.
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.
A bit closer through my camera lens:
And then it appears in full sight!
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.
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.
And of course, you’ll find the largest replica of Lady Liberty in the île aux Cygnes, South of the Eiffel Tower:
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).