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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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  • "Flame of freedom" of the Alma bridge on the north side of objects, Diana from beneath the tunnel that killed the Princess of Wales Diana is a strong image as a Memorial of the Princess of Wales, is based is when France 200 years of the revolution was a gift from the United States. Has the shape of the flames from the torches flare Golden.
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  • Sad moment standing at the flame above the underpass that took Princess Diana’s life. Feel France should have done more to acknowledge her death But at least the flame, though nothing to do with her, ...  more »
  • Although she represents the flame of freedom, the same as is on the statue of liberty in New York, she was as a reference of Princess Diana, because fair below is the tunnel where she died in that car accident. There are pictures of her at the foot of the monument.
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  • It was pretty but small. Also, the place was kinda dirty. It has become a memorial for Princes Diana ever since her accident on the tunnel that goes under the flame.
  • This is a flame that is a replica (or is it vice versa) with the Statue of Liberty in NY. Great spot to take pictures. The tunnel underneath is where Princess Diana was killed.
  • this monument was re purposed to be a memorial for princess diana's death as the site for the crash is in the tunnel beneath the flame , great to be able to touch history and be near it
  • The Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté) in Paris 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 (Liberty Enlightening the World) at the entrance to the harbor of New York City since 1886.[1] The monument, which measures approximately 3.5 metres in height, is a sculpture of a flame, executed in gilded copper, supported by a pedestal of gray-and-black marble. It is located near the northern end of the Pont de l'Alma, on the Place de l'Alma, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.[2] It was offered to the city of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune on behalf of donors who had contributed approximately $400,000 for its fabrication. It represented the culmination of that newspaper's 1987 celebration of its hundredth 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: namely, Métalliers Champenois, which did the bronze work, and the Gohard Studios, which applied the gold leaf. While the gift to France was prompted by the centennial of the newspaper, the Flame of Liberty, more broadly, is a lasting symbol of the friendship uniting the two countries, just as the statue itself was, when it was given to the United States by France. This project was overseen by the director of the French craft unions at that time, Jacques Graindorge. He foresaw an installation of the Flame of Liberty in a public square called Place des États-Unis (United States Place) in the 16th arrondissement, but the mayor of Paris at the time, Jacques Chirac, was opposed to it. After a protracted period of negotiations, it was decided that the Flame would be placed in an open area near the intersection of l'Avenue de New-York (New York Avenue) and the Place de l'Alma. The monument was dedicated on May 10, 1989 by Chirac. (wikipedia)
  • Very interesting to see a replica of the flame of 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...
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