Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes, Paris

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It is either visible from the top of the Eiffel Tower, from the Front-de-Seine or the Maison de la Radio, the Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes is a replica of the famous monument in NYC offered by the Americans to the French.


Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes

The Statue of Liberty in New York City has been standing on its island facing Manhattan since the 28 October 1886. Three years later the French people living in the United States offered to their fellow countrymen of France a replica of the statue for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The inauguration of the statue took place on the 4 July 1889 (the American Independence Day) in the presence of French president Sadi Carnot.

The Statue of Liberty was made in bronze from Bartholdi’s plaster model which explained its height of 11.50 metres (compared to 46.50 m for the original in NYC).

Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes, Paris © French Moments

Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes, Paris © French Moments

The inscription on the tablet of Lady Liberty reads:
IV JUILLET 1776 = XIV JUILLET 1789
(4 July 1776 = 14 July 1789, the dates of the American Declaration of Independence and of the French Revolution).

The statue was placed on the western tip of the Île aux Cygnes (Swans Island), next to the Grenelle bridge which connects the 15th to the 16th arrondissements.

The statue was first orientated so that it would face the Élysée Palace, the French presidential palace. However, at the event of the World Fair of 1937 it was turned to face its American big sister in NYC.

Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes, Paris © French Moments

Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes, Paris © French Moments

The statue has always been standing on the Île aux Cygnes except from 1998-1999 when it was sent to Japan on the occasion of the ‘Year of France in Japan’.

Commemorative plaque on the plinth of the Statue of Liberty, Île aux Cygnes, Paris © French Moments

Commemorative plaque on the plinth of the Statue of Liberty, Île aux Cygnes, Paris © French Moments


Views of the Statue of Liberty in Paris:

From the top floor of the Eiffel Tower there is a fine view to the Île des Cygnes, the Grenelle Bridge and the tip of the island where the Statue of Liberty stands:

Statue of Liberty seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower © French Moments

Statue of Liberty seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower © French Moments

One of our favourite views is from the Pont Mirabeau where the Statue of Liberty stands in front of the Eiffel Tower. If you look closely you can see the Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre in the distance.

Statue of Liberty in Paris, France © French Moments

Statue of Liberty in Paris, France © French Moments

View of the Statue of Liberty from the Pont de Bir-Hakeim (16th arrondissement). In the forefront the RER C bridge spanning the River Seine and in the background the tower of French TV channel TF1:

Statue of Liberty © French Moments

Statue of Liberty © French Moments


Other replicas of the Statue of Liberty in Paris

There are many other replicas of the Statue of Liberty in the French capital: in the Luxembourg Garden, at the Arts and Métiers Museum and at the Orsay Museum.

Find out more about the other replica of the Statue of Liberty hidden in the 6th arrondissement.

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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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