The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture which is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour in New York City. This copper statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who is a French sculptor and was built by Gustave Eiffel and was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the French people. The statue is of a robed female figure which represents Libertas, who is the Roman goddess. The Roman goddess is holding a torch and a tabula ansata which the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, is inscribed on it. A Broken chain lies at her feet. It is an icon of freedom and of the United States. This statue was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad and is also a major tourist attraction when travellers are visiting New York City.
The Statue of Liberty is a fun attraction to visit especially if you are visiting New York City for the first time. It is also fun and suitable if you are travelling to New York with kids, as people of all ages will enjoy such a sight.
- Height and Weight
During the restoration which was completed in 1986, the new torch was covered carefully with thin sheets of 24k gold.
- Crown and Face
Seven rays are found on her crown, one for each of the seven continents. Each ray measures up to 9 feet in length and weighs as much as 150 pounds.
The face on the Statue of Liberty measure more than 8 feet tall.
- Tablet and dates
A tablet which is held in her left hand measures 23' 7" tall and 13' 7" wide with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776) inscribed on it.
On Thursday, October 28, 1886, official dedication ceremonies are held.
At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny.
- Steps and Colour
There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty.
The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick, which is less than the thickness of two pennies, and the light green colour, which is called a patina, is the result of natural weathering of the copper.
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