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Liberty Flame, Paris

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Located near the northern end of the Pont de l'Alma, on the Place de l'Alma, Liberty Flame is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty in New York City since 1986. The monument is a sculpture of a flame, executed in gilded copper and supported by a pedestal of gray-and-black marble. Here, you can view the embodiment of friendly French and American relations.

The flame became also an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales, after her death in the tunnel beneath the Pont de l'Alma. The flame became an attraction for tourists and followers of Diana, and they fly-posted the base with commemorative material. Anthropologist Guy Lesoeurs is quoted saying, "Most people who come here think this was built for her." Plan a Paris trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • I visited on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's passing. The flame was not put in her honor - was put up years before. But re-dedicated to her as it is above the tunnel she died. If you are a Pr...  more »
  • Beside the Alma bridge shines the torch of the statue of liberty (replica). The chain around it such as number of padlocks, bouquet of flowers. This is where 20 years ago Diana's death in a nearby underpass. When I visited the very heart and 20 placards were hung. On the other side of the Eiffel Tower.
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  • Something not visually, but where you still must have been. Many people spend here respect to Lady Di.
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  • I went to Paris in June and ran across this as I was walking around the city. It was only later that a cab driver told me that it is placed right above the place in the tunnel where the car accident that took Diana's life took place. So glad I got to see it.
  • Very interesting to see, the replica of the flame, from the Statue of Liberty in New York and since Princess Diana passed away near this flame, it is also used as a memorial for her...
  • It's a haunting feeling to learn after passing this sculpture that this tunnel was THAT tunnel...
  • A lovely statue placed at the location where prince Diana was killed in a car crash
  • Whilst this is not an official monument to Princess Diana, there is a certain feeling you get stood here, whether it's because I'm English and loved Princess Diana, this monument​ seems right, although would like to see an actual dedication to her in some way.

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