The Statue of Liberty, or its proper title of ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, was designed by French sculptor Bartholdi as a gift to the US from France. Today it stands as an icon of freedom and a welcoming figure to immigrants arriving from around the world.
The statue standing 150 feet tall of a robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman Goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.
Facts you probably didn’t know about the Statue of Liberty:
- It took French workers working ten hour days, seven days a week for nine years to complete
- There were 350 pieces that made up the statue that were shipped to NYC by boat
- There are 25 windows in Lady Liberty’s crown
- The are seven spikes in the crown, one for each of the seven continents
- At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny
- The Statue of Liberty has size 879 sandals that are each 25 feet long
- During the restoration in 1986, the new torch was covered with thin sheets of 24k gold
- The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is less than the thickness of two pennies and the light green color is the result of natural weathering of the copper
- There are actually three Lady Liberties with two exact replicas in Paris: one on Swan Ally Island in the Seine River in Paris that faces towards New York and also in Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens which is home to the French Senate
Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island New York, NY 10004 (Catch the ferry in Battery Park)