When you look at the statue of Liberty in New York you don’t realise how tall it is till you see it up close. Situated on the Liberty Island, in the River Hudson, it is 2.6 km from the Battery Park, Manhattan.
The copper statue, designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was a gift to United States by the French people. It was built by Gustave Eiffel and was dedicated on 28 October 1886.
The statue, a female, represents Liberta, a Roman goddess, is an icon of freedom and is called Liberty Enlightening the World. The broken chain at her feet (which is difficult to see) represents liberation and is a source of inspiration. She holds a torch and a tablet on which the American Declaration of Independence dated 4July 1776 has been inscribed.
From the ground to the top the torch, the statue measures 93 meters and weighs 204 metric tons.
Though there is no ticket for the statue you have pay for the 15 minutes ferry ride.
Some fun facts –
- There are 354 stirs till the crown.
- There are 25 windows in the crown.
- Every year about 4 million visit this monument.
- The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and seven continents of the world.
- The statue is made in iron which has turned green due to oxidation.
- The statue was part of a film called, “Planet of the Apes”, where it is seen half buried in the sand.
- In films like “Independence Day” and “The Day after Tomorrow” it was destroyed.
- In 1984, it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.