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 interesting facts about Lady Liberty:
1. Lady Liberty is actually French!
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.
2. Yes – they shipped the whole statue overseas!
3. Liberty Island isn’t the original name.
Before 1956, Liberty Island was called Bedloe Island.
4. The genius behind another French landmark helped create the Statue of Liberty.
It was Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, that was responsible for the supporting iron framework of the Statue of Liberty.
5. It’s got a longer name in French.
“La Liberté Éclairant le Monde” or “Liberty Enlightening the World” is the statue’s official name.
6. You’ll see it if you break change in the US.
The Statue of Liberty appears on the $10 note.
7. It’s astonishingly tall!
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).
8. Fancy a lift?
There’s a lift inside if you don’t fancy climbing the 354 steps up to the crown.
9. Lady Liberty had an 80s makeover.
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!
10. Liberty’s crown is symbolic.
The crown’s 7 points represent the seven seas and the seven continents of the world.
11. In fact, Lady Liberty herself is a known goddess.
The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
12. Ever snooped at her tablet?
The tablet she holds is inscribed “July 4th, 1776” – the date of American Independence.
13. It’s a bit of a lightning rod!
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.
14. You’ll have seen the statue many, many times on the big screen.
The Statue of Liberty has featured in lots of famous films including Titanic, Ghostbusters, and, of course, Planet of the Apes (spoilers!).
15. She’s a fair age!
Lady Liberty will be celebrating her 140th birthday in October 2025!
16. Lady Liberty once served a different role.
Up until 1902, the statue operated as a lighthouse.
17. It’s an important point of heritage.
UNESCO listed the statue in 1984 as a World Heritage Site.
18. You can take a look around for yourself!
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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