Flame of Liberty

The Flame of Liberty monument in Paris is easy to get to and worth a quick stop when you are looking for things to do. The Flame of Liberty is a full size, gold-leaf-covered replica of the same flame held by the Statue of Liberty in New York City.   The Flame of Liberty has now become an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales.   Her 1997 death occured  in the tunnel beneath the Pont de l’Alma, adjacent to the Flame of Liberty.  The monument became an attraction for tourists and followers of Diana, who fly-posted the base with commemorative material.  Anthropologist Guy Lesoeurs said, “Most people who come here think this was built for her.”

The Flame of Liberty was an offering to the city of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune.  It was given to Paris on behalf of the donors who contributed approximately $400,000 for its fabrication. It was a celebratory gift representing the culmination of the newspaper’s 1987 celebration for it’s 100th anniversary of publishing an English-language daily newspaper in Paris.  More importantly, the Flame was a token of thanks for the restoration work on the Statue of Liberty accomplished three years earlier by two French businesses that did artisanal work on the project.  Métalliers Champenois performed the bronze work and the Gohard Studios applied the gold leaf to the Flame.

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Place de l’Alma, 75016 Paris, Île-de-France, France

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