We show you what you can see on a visit to the city of Colmar, where the creator of the statue of liberty was born.
In 1884, the Statue of Liberty was born in Colmar, France, it was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and currently is a symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Every year, millions of people visit the Statue of Liberty, but here we’ll show you where it was born.
In this article, we are going to show you the city of Colmar, in Alsace, where Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty, was born. In the city you can see several statues made by him, all except the sculpture of himself.
What to see in Colmar?
We started walking around the center, but the first thing we did was go to the tourist office to get a map of the city. Once we had the map, we went to explore the center, where the houses of the particular style of the region greeted us, like the ones we had already seen in Eguisheim. It was still cloudy and despite that the colors of the houses stood out and made the view happy.
During our walk, we passed in front of a huge Gothic-style church, I owe the name to you, we could not enter but from the outside what caught my attention the most were the gargoyles that were scary. You had to put yourself in the context of the time to know why they were there: they had to inspire fear. We came across one of the houses that are a symbol of Colmar: the Pfister House, which had some very nice decoration details, a complete bourgeois house.
We also got to see a sundial but since it was cloudy, we couldn’t see it in action, ooops, oh well.
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Auguste Bartholdi and the Statue of Liberty
We passed in front of the museum of Bartholdi which was the house where he was born on August 2, 1834. The Statue of Liberty was the monument that launched him to international fame, it took 10 years to sculpt and the model of the female face of the sculpture was his own mother.
On the outskirts of the city, in a roundabout, you can see a large replica of the most famous statue of this son of Colmar:
La Petite Venise (Little Venice)
It is a neighborhood that crosses the river Lauch, it has traditional houses from the 14th to the 18th century, and it is quite charming.
So now you know: if you pass near Colmar when you are in France, it’s worth making a stop to walk through its streets and learn new things.
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