You came to Paris to see the Statue of Liberty, right? I mean where else could you see something like this? Wait, I know…
The truth is there are actually five of these statues throughout Paris. They were created by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi after he was inspired by a comment made to him by a French politician in 1865. He suggested that perhaps the two nations could share a joint project that could be used as a monument to U.S. Independence.
By the mid-1870s Bartholdi had created the head of the proposed statue along with one arm holding a torch. He began traveling to both countries trying to raise money for the project and the head was displayed at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris in 1878. The arm holding the torch was shown at the US Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia.
The United States government set aside land on an island in the New York Harbor for the statue to sit. Bartholdi, having raised enough money to continue his art asked to use the workshop where Gustave Eiffel constructed the 46-meter-high Eiffel Tower. Eiffel created an innovative “double skeleton” that would allow the structure to move with the wind and expand in hotter conditions while keeping the skin of the statue from cracking.
Bartholdi constructed the entire statue and then broke it down so it could be transported to Liberty Land where it was reassembled and dedicated in 1886.
Should you find yourself in the 17th arrondissement at 25 Rue de Chazelles you will find a commemorative plaque showing that this was the place of birth for the Statue of Liberty. The original building is now gone and has been replaced with a modern 5-story building. If you venture inside of the medical offices of La Clinique du Parc Monceau you will find a small, baby-sized, cast replica of the statue, at its birthplace.
Here is a list of the locations where you can find the statues in Paris:
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