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“Good as a Walk-by Tribute to International Goodwill” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Liberty Flame

Liberty Flame
Pont de l'Alma | 8th Arrondissement, Paris, France (Passy)
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Ranked #371 of 637 Attractions in Paris
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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“Good as a Walk-by Tribute to International Goodwill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

While not much of a destination in its own right, the Liberty Flame is a nice landmark to pause at on the way to other major sites. I usually pass it on the way between the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysses, as the Liberty Flame is at the end of Avenue George V, which allows a straight route between Champs Elysees and the Quai Branley where the Eiffel Tower sits. Most visitors to the Liberty Flame are now focused on paying tribute to Princess Diana, who died in the tunnel that begins near the flame. However, the flame is actually a thank-you gift from the United States to France, given in 1987 to recognize the friendship between the countries with this replica of the torch that the Statue of Liberty holds. The Liberty Flame is a very pretty sculpture. Unfortunately, the traffic in this spot of Paris is usually very hectic, and I always feel a little threatened by zooming scooters when I cross to the street island that the Liberty Flame stands on. Be careful when you cross here!

Visited December 2012
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“A little tacky but worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were in the neighborhood so we stopped by. The flame itself is kind of silly, but the memorial to Diana is actually a little touching. Don't go out of your way for this one, but take a look if you're nearby.

Visited October 2012
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Lille, France
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“Re-Inventing A Gift Into A Monument”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Many people wonder: why here? It's located directly above the tunnel where Diana's car accident took place.

True, orignally this was a gift to France from the International Herald Tribune in the USA. It's a replica of the flame atop the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from France to the USA. But that is the item's history. Today, it has been transformed into a monument with international significance and I don't think its unwritten dedication to the late Diana, Princess of Wales is any reason to devalue it. If anything, more people appreciate it now than ever before.

You are able to leave gifts, flowers, and notes here. As well, many people missing and mourning Diana have scribbled messages on the cement wall behind the monument, beyond which is the tunnel where she lost her life.

Visited September 2012
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“Emotional tribute to Diana”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I know the flame was not erected specifically for Diana but still a lovely tribute to her memory. Worth a visit if you

Visited September 2012
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“Not for Diana”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

This flame was a gift from the US to France. I hate hearing it referred to as Diana's flame!

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