The Statue of Liberty: Revolutionary Origins
In the 18th century, the Concorde obelisk did not exist. In its place, there was a large statue of Louis XV on horseback. After the fall of the monarchy on August 11, 1792, the statue was removed and melted down. For one year, the pedestal remained empty. On August 10, 1793, for the major Festival of Union, a statue of Liberty was inaugurated, created by the sculptor François-Frédéric Lemot. Wearing a cap and dressed in a toga from antiquity, the statue was armed with a pike.
On the corner of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Place de la Concorde