The Lion of Belfort, Paris.

This majestic statue can be found at Place Denfert-Rochereau, previously known as Place d’Enfer, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, France, in the Montparnasse district. Many roads meet at this place.

The Lion is cast in bronze and it is a one-third-scale replica of the Lion of Belfort statue by Bartholdi, which is made from red sandstone and remains in Belfort below its castle. Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi was a French Sculptor (1834-1904] who also created the famous Statue of Liberty in New York.

The lion symbolizes the heroic French resistance during the Siege of Belfort, a 103 days long Prussian assault (from December 1870 to February 1871). The city was protected from 40,000 Prussians by merely 17,000 men (only 3,500 were from the military) led by Colonel Denfert-Rochereau.

This impressive statue is surrounded by traffic… I have yet to find out the significance of the arrow (being an archer, I notice such items.)

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One response to “The Lion of Belfort, Paris.”

  1. Jean says :

    I really like the composition of this photo. You’re an archer? Wow!

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