Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty in Paris

This replica of the Statue of Liberty is approximately 35 feet in height on her base, and stands upon a tiny island called Swan Island (Ile aux Cygnes) in the Seine near the Grenelle Bridge. This exact Statue of Liberty replica monument was offered to the French by the American residents of Paris as a remembrance to commemorate the Centennial of the French Revolution.

It was inaugurated on November 15th, 1889 and was placed so that it faced the Eiffel Tower (so not to have it’s back to the Elysée Palace). However, its creator Auguste Bartholdi was most upset that it did not face the New York location of the Statue of Liberty. But with persistence, as was his nature, Bartholdi finally achieved getting the statue turned to face America at the time of the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889.