Madame Liberté

The Curious Rambler

statue of liberty with baguette Lady Liberty showing her Frenchness.
Might this have been Bartholdi’s original design ?

By Margo Lestz

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognised symbols of the United States.  But did you know that Lady Liberty is an immigrant?  It’s true, she’s a French woman by birth who has made New York her home.  (No wonder she’s so elegant.)

There are replicas of this monument throughout the world and now, Nice, France has one too.  The Quai des Etats-Unis, “Quay of the United States” which fronts the Old Town has been given a facelift and a new statue of Lady Liberty adorns the way.  She’s a bit on the short side, only 1.35 metres (4 ft 5 in) but apparently she is cast from an original mould signed by Bartholdi, the sculptor who made the big one in New York.  And speaking of the Grand Lady in…

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