The Statue of Liberty, an iconic US national monument, welcomes approximately 4.5 million visitors every year. If you’re considering a visit, you’ll want to learn these 19 interesting facts about Lady Liberty:
- The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France to recognise 100 years of friendship between the two nations.
- It was built in Paris and then shipped to the USA in 1885. It now stands magnificent on Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York.
- Before 1956, Liberty Island was called Bedloe Island.
- It was Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, that was responsible for the supporting iron framework of the Statue of Liberty.
- “La Liberté Éclairant le Monde” or “Liberty Enlightening the World” is the statue’s official name.
- The Statue of Liberty appears on the $10 note.
- The total height from the ground to the top of the torch is 92.99 metres (305 feet and 1 inch).
- The Statue of Liberty was the tallest iron structure ever built at the time of its construction (1886).
- There’s a lift inside if you don’t fancy climbing the 354 steps up to the crown.
- The Statue of Liberty was restored in the 1980s. To finish her off, the torch was completely covered in a thin layer of 24k gold!
- The crown’s 7 points represent the seven seas and the seven continents of the world.
- The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
- The tablet she holds is inscribed “July 4th, 1776” – the date of American Independence.
- Since she was first erected in 1886, the statue has attracted about 600 lighting strikes every year! A New York photographer, Jay Fine became the first to capture this on film.
- The Statue of Liberty has featured in lots of famous films including Titanic, Ghostbusters, and Planet of the Apes.
- Lady Liberty will be celebrating her 135 birthday in October 2020!
- Up until 1902, the statue operated as a lighthouse.
- UNESCO listed the statue in 1984 as a World Heritage Site.
- Want to take a close up look at the Statue of Liberty? To get the ferry to Liberty Island, adult tickets cost $19.25. An additional $3 fee to access the crown is also charged. Find out more on the National Monument website.
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