No. I have to agree it is a logic thought because the statue of liberty is a gift from Paris to the city of New York. But in this case I’m talking about the statue of liberty standing in Paris. And you know what, the fun thing is that Paris has more statues of liberty than New York. Not really an original gift anymore, but let’s forget about that ;)
Paris has 3 ‘statues of liberty‘ and they are all replica’s of the one in New York. The statues aren’t exactly the same so let me tell you a bit more about the differences with the statue in New York.
FYI: The statue of liberty in New York is 46 meters high and on the book stands the date of the 4th of July, 1779. Which is the date of the American Declaration of Independent.
1. Let’s start with the most special one. The one standing on the Île aux Cygnes (which is near Pont Grenelle) The statue is 11.5 meters high and has two different dates on the book. The American date and the French date, the 14th of July 1789, Bastille Day. Before the bronze statue was finished they had a statue of plaster, standing with her face towards the Presidential Palace, the Élysée. When they finally finished the bronze statue in 1889, they turned the statue with her face toward the city of New York. You can see the statue on the photo above.
2. The second statue stands in Musée des Arts et Métiers (check out the awesome subway station of Arts et Métiers) and is 11.2 meters high.
3. The last one is the smallest one and stands in Museé d’Orsay. The statue is 4.5 meters high and has instead of the American date, the 15th of November, 1889 on it. That’s the date, the other statue was inaugurated at Pont Grenelle.
Unfortunately, the statues are a bit too small to have a restaurant inside. Maybe is a sandwich in front of it a good idea?