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American Historical Sights to See in Paris: Arrondissement 8

Great for family field trips and school reports.

Statue of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, aka, General Lafayette on a Horse....and with a Mystery Turtle on the Base

Located in a tree lined patch of grass close to the bank of the right bank of the Seine, between Pont des Invalides and the wonderfully ornate Pont Alexandre III, is a solitary stature of General Layfayette. Revolutionary war hero and namesake of many towns and streets in the USA, Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de Layfayette was a French aristocrat who believed the cause of the colonists was just.  He defied the order of King Louis XVI and traveled to the New World to join the colonists in their fight for freedom.


There is a small turtle at the hoof of the find out why, explore the links below the painting of General Lafayette.

Photo of Layfayette Monument and Statue

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Portrait of Gilbert Motier, the Marquis De La Fayette as painted in 1791 by Joseph-Désiré Court via Wikimedia Commons.

Click on the links below to learn more about General Lafayette: