Maid of Orléans


You might do a double-take when you see this gilded statue of Joan of Arc on horseback in the Place de France on Decatur street in New Orleans, and with good reason -- it's identical to the Emmanuel Frémiet statue that dominates Paris's Place des Pyramides (Gallery IV) near the Tuileries. The replica was given to New Orleans by Charles De Gaulle on a visit in the late 1950's and De Gaulle himself helped secure the funding to erect it, first at the foot of Canal Street and ultimately, in 1999, to this spot near the French Market. An inscription on the base says simply, "A Gift from the People of France to the Citizens of New Orleans." It's every bit as impressive here as it is in Paris.