Liberty's Flame - Diana Remembered, Paris
La Flamme de la Liberté (The Liberty Flame) is a replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty, New York.
The Flame was offered to the city of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune on behalf of donors who had contributed approximately $400,000 for its fabrication. It represented the culmination of that newspaper's 1987 celebration of its hundredth anniversary of publishing an English-language daily newspaper in Paris what roughly coincided with the age of the Statue of Liberty.
The flame became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales after her 1997 death in the tunnel beneath the Pont de l'Alma.
This is a replica of the Liberty Statue's flame in NY but people adopted as a memorial for Diana. This place is pretty impressive as there are a lot of pictures, thoughts and poems about her. In the 15 minutes I spent there, I could count easily more than 30 people visiting this improvised memorial. There's no doubt that Diana is still in the heart of many, many people.
I must admit this place really took my heart.
I passed from Pont de l'Alma just without knowing what i was about to see.
Well this is the place where actually Princess Diana died back in the years in a car accident.
Looking at the wall that surrounds Pont de l'Alma, you will read many phrases dedicated to her, and a big Liberty Flame, in full size, gold covered, replica of the one carried by the Statue of Liberty in NY City is there to remember her.
Memorial to Princess Diana above the underpass in which she died.
Id first seen this a few years ago when Id rented a car and was heading out of town - unplanned this appeared so I sort of unexpectedly rather excitedly and hurriedly parked and taken some pics - that was pre digital days.
Here I was with this thing in view when I went heading for a good spot to watch the Bastille Day fireworks - so another unplanned visit - but rather moving. Its covered in graffiti - well love notes to Diana and to couples unrelated to the memorial by the look of it - but covered in writings.
We just happened to stumble upon this memorial monument. We were walking around looking for a cafe when we saw this memorial - with papers and flowers sort of littering around the base; as we looked closer, Princess Diana's pictures were on them. Then we saw the tunnel further down and realized that this was the so-called famous memorial.
Anyway, the memorial is a bronze metal-shaped flame with marble/granite base. The memorial doesn't really stand out, and if you're not really looking for it, you could easily miss it - especially in a big and busy city like Paris.
NOT SURE IF THIS IS REALLY A MUST SEE BUT IF YOUR INTERESTED IN THE WHOLE DIANA STORY THEN THIS COULD BE FOR YOU. THE LIBERTY FLAME HAS BECOME THE UNOFFICAL MEMORIAL TO THE PRINCESS OF WALES WHO WAS KILLED ON THIS SPOT IN A CAR CRASH IN 1997. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO LAY FLOWERS LEAVE NOTES OR JUST STAND AND LOOK AND GET LOST IN THEIR OWN THOUGHTS..
AS I SAID THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE BUT IF YOUR LIKE MYSELF AND JUST FELT THE NEED TO COME AND LOOK THEN THIS JUST MIGHT BE FOR YOU..SO GO ALONG AND SEE...THEN MOVE ON.
Right in front of the tunnel that Princess Di and Dodi were killed in after being chased by overzealous papperazzi, there is a replica of the torch and flame of the Statue of Liberty.
This has become an impromptu memorial spot for Di affectionados.
I was led to the spot by a friend who wanted to see the spot or else I wouldn't have thought of going to see it.
It is worth it to see the spot in the tunnel where the crash happened (you can see the marks on the piller in the tunnel) and to see the flame.
Due to the number of visitors to this spot in Paris, it could hardly be described as ' off the beaten path'.
That fateful evening when Diana, princess of Wales passed on is not marked by any official memorial or statue, but rather by the odd bunch of flowers left by visitors and graffitied messages left on the stonework standing over the underpass where her and Dodi met their ends.
The underpass,can be found at the Northern side of Place de L'alma. A traffic insection that can be found above the underpass, where a replica of the Statue of Liberty flame also stands. Many think this is a memorial to Diana. Appropriate it would be...but it predates her death, just.
The piece of graffiti in the picture reads :
Cold as idol, of a morning
warm as the June, of a night
a tiara of Roses, a spark, in the dark,
For a nation, like an angel of the North
Diana, Diana, half mystic, half dream,
No less, a Godess, for the millions aggrieved
Diana, Diana, half antic, half rhyme
That gazed on a planet, beneath a blue sky
Jaques, Scunthorpe,England 12/9/05
The (rather horrible) statue of the Flame of Liberty in the Place d'Alma has become the place of pilgrimage for those who want to see where Princess Diana was killed. It was actually in the underpass that issues from just below the statue, you can see people leaning over it to see below.
Many of her admirers still leave flowers there, and there is a multitude of pathetic messages scrawled on the parapet.
If there is a romantic female in your travelling party, you will have to visit this site on the banks of the Seine. Views down the intersecting streets, as with most of the thoroughfares in Paris, result in special sightings of other Paris landmarks.
This flame was turned into sort of a memorial for the Princess....it contains photos of her and her children near the crashsite....actually this flame is right above the road where she perished that fateful night
After Princess Diana's fatal car crash, the tunnel has become quite a tourist attraction as well. Located next to the tunnel there happened to be a small monument of a torch (a replica of the Statue of Liberty's) and many visitors leave flowers, notes and pictures as a tribute for her there. The monument is at Pont De L'Alma along the Seine. You can take the metro to the stop of the same name.