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 the existence of a very small replica which is part of a much larger statue by César in the 6th arrondissement.


Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris? Where to find it?

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. The head of the sculpture is a self-portrait of César.

Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris

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

Only a few people know about the existence of 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

This is where the Statue of Liberty is hiding in Le Centaure © French Moments

Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris

The Statue of Liberty hidden in Le Centaure © French Moments

Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris

The Statue of Liberty hidden in Le Centaure © French Moments

There is another replica of the Statue of Liberty in the 6th arrondissement: the statue is in plain sight in the Luxembourg Garden.


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): http://goo.gl/maps/gQwc3CGuavx
  • Closest métro stations: Saint-Sulpice (line 4) and Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10, 12).
  • Leave a comment below if you know where to find other replicas of Lady Liberty in Paris!

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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.

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