Tunnel du Pont de l’Alma

Princess Diana Memorial is not a memorial as per se.

Princess Diana Memorial with Eiffel Tower in the background - Princess Diana Memorial in Paris
Flame of Liberty – Princess Diana Memorial

Her tragic death on 31st August 1997 shocked the world.

The magnitude of the emotion it aroused was such that hundreds of mourners flocked to Place de l’Alma.

The understated square is indeed located above the tunnel where she and Dodi Fayed were killed in a car accident.

There, they found the Flame of Liberty, a monument the USA gave to France in 1989 in gratitude for the restoration work done on the Statue of Liberty in New-York.

They started to lay flowers at the foot of the sculpture, turning it into a makeshift monument to her memory!

Place de l’Alma is a stone’s throw from the American Cathedral in Paris, the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars.

The square gives you also a good view of the famous Zouave statue that adorns the single pile of the Pont de l’Alma.

Flame of Liberty – Princess Diana Memorial

Princess Diana Memorial with Eiffel Tower in the background - Princess Diana Memorial with Eiffel Tower in the background
Princess Diana Memorial with Eiffel Tower in the background – Princess Diana Memorial with Eiffel Tower in the background

The 3.5 m tall Flame of Liberty is a full-sized gilded copper replica of the torch of the Statue of Liberty guarding the entrance of New-York Harbour.

It stands on a grey-and-black marble pedestal placed just above the exit of the tunnel.

The donations raised by the International Herald Tribune readers from all around the world on the occasion of  the centenary of the newspaper’s publication in Paris, funded its cast.

The International Herald Tribune unveiled the monument in 1989.

The commemorative plaque placed at the foot of the Flame reads as follows:

“The Flame of Liberty.

An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty’s flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship.

On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune.

Paris 1887-1987.” 

Directions: 8th districtPlace de l’Alma
Metro: Alma-Marceau on Line 9
Coordinates: Lat 48.864198 – Long 2.300891

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