The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. 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 built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
The Statue of Liberty is a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess. She holds a torch above her head, and in her left arm carries atabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) inscribed “July 4, 1776”, the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
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- Address: New York, NY 10004, USA
- Height: 93 m
- Construction started: September 1875
- Architects: Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel, Richard Morris Hunt, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Maurice Koechlin
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- Erik Kruse: We had a wonderful experience here – from the stunning views to the helpful and friendly rangers/employees on the island. We booked a tour of the crown ahead of time and were able to get up there and enjoy the unique views, and while it was a small space, the two rangers there were very kind and knowledgeable. They even took pictures of us! Very positive experience overall at this symbol of our National pride and the symbol of immigration to the east coast by hundreds of thousands.
Beautiful spot, well maintained, and we look forward to visiting again.
- Kev Singh: This is a great experience to learn about the history of the monument. There are a lot of great photo ops. You can take your time. The people are all really friendly. The grounds are clean and well maintained. The line to board the boats are horrible though. From the time to buy the ticket to boarding the boat took about 2h.