Everyone knows Lady Liberty who stands in America’s New York Harbor, but most folks don’t know a lot about the man who created her. The house where Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was born in 1834 is now a museum.
Spend an hour or two ambling through the home’s exhibits which include an entire floor dedicated to the plans and models of the Statue of Liberty. Other floors have rooms filled with furniture from the artist’s Paris home, family mementos, and the original models of Bartholdi’s most important works.
As you tour Colmar, watch for Bartholdi’s other masterpieces. One of the most interesting stands in the pedestrian-only area around Place Rapp: Lieutenant-Général Jean Rapp, which originally stood on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Others: Provost Marshal Jean Roesselmann, sculpted in 1888; Place des Six Montagnes Noires. Admiral Armand-Joseph Bruat and Bruat Fountain, inaugurated in 1864; Parc du Champ de Mars Lazare de Schwendi Fountain, installed in 1898; Place de l’Ancienne Douane. A statue of Bartholdi himself is on Avenue Raymond Poincarré. It was designed by Hubert Louis-Noël and Antoine Rubin.
A replica of the Statue of Liberty was placed on Route de Strasbourg in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bartholdi’s death.