Île aux Cygnes

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Ile aux Cygnes from the top level of the Eiffel Tower. The replica of the Statue of Liberty is on the far end of the island.

Île aux Cygnes (French pronunciation: ​[il o siɲ]; English: Isle of the Swans) is a small artificial island in the Seine in Paris, France, located in the 15th and 16th arrondissement. It is an artificially created island, formed in 1827 to protect the port of Grenelle. It should not be confused with an earlier Île des Cygnes which was attached to the Champ de Mars in the late 18th century.

The narrow island is 850 metres (2,789 ft) long and 11 metres (36 ft) at its widest point. A tree-lined walkway, named "l'Allée des Cygnes", runs the length of the island. There is a public work-out space underneath the Pont de Birhakeim, close to the Statue of Liberty Replica.

The island is served by the Passy and Bir-Hakeim Métro stations. It is crossed by three bridges: the Pont de Grenelle, the Pont Rouelle and the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.

Statue of Liberty replica[edit]

The replica of the Statue of Liberty on the Île aux Cygnes

A notable feature is a one-fourth scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, 22 metres high and facing west in the direction of its larger sibling in New York City. This monument, which was inaugurated by French President Marie François Sadi Carnot on 4 July 1889[1] (nearly three years after its counterpart), was given to the city of Paris by the American community of Paris, commemorating the centennial of the French Revolution. The statue initially faced east, toward the Eiffel Tower, but it was turned west in 1937 for the exposition universelle hosted by Paris that year. Its base carries a commemorative plaque, and the tablet in its left hand bears the inscription IV Juillet 1776 = XIV Juillet 1789, recognizing the American Independence Day and Bastille Day. An even smaller statue is located in the Musée d'Orsay, and a third copy can be seen in the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Liberty grenelle inscription.jpg

Coordinates: 48°51′06″N 2°16′55″E / 48.85167°N 2.28194°E / 48.85167; 2.28194

References[edit]

  1. ^ "France's Liberty Statue". New York Times. 1889-07-05. Retrieved 2009-12-22.