Statue of Liberty in Paris

Statue of Liberty in Paris at Île des Cygnes (within Seine river), is a 11.5 meter (38 ft) tall copy of the famous monument in front of the New York City harbor.

The sculpture is located next to the Pont de Grenelle, not too far from the original atelier of the monument’s designer, Frédéric Auguste Barthold.

It was revealed to public in 1889, just three years after its “bigger sister” in the New York City harbor.

The direction of the statue is towards New York City, while the bigger version there is looking back to Paris.

In comparison, the Paris statue of liberty has a total height of 11.5 meters (38 ft, and weights 14 tons)…

…while the statue in New York is 46.5 meters (153 ft) tall.

Statue of Liberty in Paris France

PHOTO: View to the Paris statue of liberty at Île des Cygnes, within Seine river. The bridge in the background is Pont de Grenelle.

Paris Statue of Liberty France

PHOTO: Closeup of the statue of liberty. You can see two dates in the sculpture’s stone tablets: “IV JUILLET 1776” — (July 4th, 1776: the day of the United States declaration of independence), and “XIV JUILLET 1789” — (July 14th, 1789: the day of the storming of Bastille prison, starting the French Revolution).

Statue of Liberty in Luxembourg Gardens Paris France

PHOTO: Paris has several copies of the statue of liberty, with the version at the Luxembourg gardens (pictured, from 1870) is actually the first version that was made…and it was used as the model to build the monument for New York City’s harbor. A third copy in Paris is located at the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Originally, the Paris statue of liberty looked towards Eiffel tower, so that its back would not be towards Élysée palace, the presidential residence.

However, from the wishes of the statue’s creator, the sculpture was turned to look towards New York City in 1937…

…just in time for the opening of 1937 Paris World Exposition, the “Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne“.

Another famous copy of the statue of liberty in Paris is located at the gardens of Luxembourg.

That copy was a gift from Frédéric Auguste Barthold to the Musée du Luxembourg in 1900. The museum placed the sculpture to its current location (within the gardens) in 1906.

Statue of Liberty in Paris
Address: Île des Cygnes, 75015 Paris France

The Luxembourg gardens copy is actually the first version of the statue of liberty, from 1870…


…after which the monument at New York City was constructed sixteen years later, in 1886.