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Venus de Milo at the Louvre in Paris

Venus de Milo at the Louvre in Paris

I’ll be really honest with you: I’m more into sporting events than museums, but my first trip to Europe started to change me. I had an incredible time romping through the British Museum in London, and visiting the Louvre in Paris (no trip to Paris is complete without it). On top of seeing the Louvre’s most popular piece, Mona Lisa, I also really enjoyed taking in the Venus de Milo. Venus de Milo is one of the most famous ancient Greek sculptures. The statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, who was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. I originally thought the sculpture was created by Michelangelo, but that’s not the case. It’s actually unknown who sculpted Venus de Milo, but they think it was created by Alexandros of Antioch. The “Milo” part of her name comes from where she was found — the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea. It’s impossible to not be in awe of Venus de Milo. The statue was sculpted out of marble¬†between...

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Statue of Liberty in Paris | An Often Missed Attraction

Statue of Liberty in Paris | An Often Missed Attraction

There are replicas of the Statue of Liberty all over the world, including a 6-foot model on Alki Beach in West Seattle. But it was the French that gifted the actual Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886, so it was only fitting the American community in Paris honor the French with a Statue of Liberty right back. That’s right — there’s a Statue of Liberty in Paris, too. The Statue of Liberty in Paris is located off the beaten path on the Ile aux Cygnes (about a 20 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower). It’s one-fourth the size of the real Statue of Liberty in New York, standing a little more than 72-feet tall (the actual Statue of Liberty stands 305-feet). The replica in Paris was inaugurated on July 4, 1889 (to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution). The statue has stood in Paris for a long time, but it’s not nearly as popular as the one you find in the United States — or...

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