Discover Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris

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The Lion of Belfort is a bronze sculpture by Auguste Bartholdi that stands below the castle of Belfort in Franche-Comté (north-eastern France). Paris also has its Lion de Belfort, which is a smaller replica of the monumental statue. You will find it at the middle of the square of Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris (14th arrondissement).


The Lion of Belfort on Place Denfert-Rochereau

The municipality of Paris acquired the statue in 1880 at the cost of 20,000 francs and placed it in the 14th arrondissement on Place Denfert-Rochereau.

The lion looks to the direction of the Statue of Liberty in the Île aux Cygnes (and New York) which was also created by Bartholdi.

The statue is 4m high and 7m long and is one third the size of the original statue in Belfort.

Lion of Belfort in Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris © French Moments

Lion of Belfort in Paris © French Moments

Lion of Belfort in Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris © French Moments

Lion of Belfort in Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris © French Moments

The Lion of Belfort symbolises the resistance of Colonel Denfert-Rochereau during the siege of Belfort (1870-1871). The heroic resistance echoed all around France and exemplified French courage and honour.

Auguste Bartholdi, a native from Colmar in Alsace, described his monument as “a colossal lion, harried, driven back and still terrible in his fury”.

Here are two photos showing the original statue in Belfort:

Lion of Belfort © French Moments

Lion of Belfort under the citadel © French Moments

Lion of Belfort 02 © French Moments

Lion of Belfort © French Moments

The French State listed the sculpture on the Parisian square as a historic monument in 2003.


The Catacombs of Paris

Place Denfert-Rochereau is also the location of the public entrance to the Catacombs of Paris.

Catacombs of Paris © French Moments

In the catacombs of Paris © French Moments

Catacombs of Paris © French Moments

The ossuary of the catacombs of Paris © French Moments


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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. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, 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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