Statue of Liberty

New York, United States

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken shackle and chain lie at her feet as she walks forward, commemorating the recent national abolition of slavery. After its dedication, the statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, seen as a symbol of welcome to immigrants arriving by sea.

Bartholdi was inspired by a French law professor and politician, Édouard René de Laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to U.S. independence would properly be a joint project of the French and U.S. peoples. The Franco-Prussian War delayed progress until 1875, when Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the U.S. provide the site and build the pedestal. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions.

The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened by lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer, of the New York World, started a drive for donations to finish the project and attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was built in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and is a major tourist attraction. Public access to the balcony around the torch has been barred since 1916.



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Founded: 1886
Category: Statues in United States

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Khurram M (10 months ago)
? № 1 historical Landmark of New York, located in Liberty Island (basically inside NJ State). Easily (and only) accessible through Statue City Cruise Ferry from New York's Battery Park as well as from Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Very crowded especially on weekends. (Ferry boarding lines were also LONG). If you want to go to the upper levels (Pedestal access or Crown) of the statue, you need to reserve your ticket in advance. Specially if you want to go to Crown, you need to book few months in advance. Prices are same for all levels, you just need an advance reservation. Also, Crown Access need some additional requirements too. There is also a Museum in the island, called Statue of Liberty Museum (FREE to visit or included in ticket price). It's a decent museum with Statue of liberty's history and models etc. There is also a decent cafe, Statue of Liberty Crown Cafe with outdoor seating arrangement and reasonable price. All tickets included complimentary multilingual Guided Audio Tour too. There is a lot of photo opportunities available through out the island because of beautiful views. If you are in NY, this should be your first place to tour & experience.?
The Tree House (11 months ago)
The statue of liberty is one of the must-sees . I was taken back by how Eco friendly this place is. They had recycling bins and compost bins next to the trashcan in the eating area, which I loved because of the fact that so many people track here on a daily basis. I must say it is a bit of a workout if you are up for the walk up however you don't have to walk all the way, you can take the elevator. There is a lot to see while visiting the statue as well as two areas to learn about the history and the construction of it. They have a small learning exhibit in the statue and a building on the other side. If you are hungry I would highly recommend going to the cafe. Not only will your food be fresh but it will be made to order. They have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Their gluten free bread was super soft and tasted great. They have a lot of healthy food items. They had sandwiches,fresh fruit, pasta salad, regular salads and things to drink. They also had amazing customers survive.
baibhaw kumar mishra (13 months ago)
Wow, that's simply all I can say about my visit to the State of Liberty. You see pictures, you see it from a distance, but to actually be right below. It was amazing. Take time to reflect on all of the immigrants that passed through that area on their way to enter The United States. Take time to reflect on what the Statue of Liberty means. I would highly recommend visiting the island that the statue is on versus doing a boat tour around it.
Maggi Simpson (2 years ago)
The museum was very interesting. We took a guided tour to both Liberty ? Island and Ellis Island, which honestly wasn’t worth the money we paid. The guide was great but the tour is reasonably priced and easy to navigate without a guide and includes ferry tickets between the islands. Lots of great photo opportunities on the island and the ferry.
John Pozo (2 years ago)
A Historical landmark and staple of New York. Definitely recommend getting tickets in advance. If your looking for tickets for the Crown your gonna want to put off your trip little after January. I tried getting tickets for it but booked through January. The pedestal was worth the ticket price. Stunning view of New York and the surrounding islands. Id say go the stairs route its not to bad time. Walking the island itself was pretty great and not too busy. I got in on the 9am boat and Id say maybe stick to getting in early. Less crowded and easier time for photos. Ferry ride over was good and quick. The top gets full but you'll still get good views.
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