The official name of the Statue of Liberty of New York is “Liberty enlightening the world” and the Americans call it “Lady Liberty”.

It located on a small island at the entrance of the New York Harbor.

It was inaugurated on the 28th of October of 1886 by the president Grover Cleveland, and thousands attended the ceremony. It weighs 225 tons, it measures 46,50 meters (92,99 meters including its pedestal) and is made of copper (the copper probably came from Norway) with an iron structure. Highlights:

  • The torch’s fire – it represents the freedom of the people.
  • The 25 windows in the crown – they symbolize the jewels found in those lands.
  • The 7 rays of the crown – they symbolize the world’s 7 continents and 7 seas.
  • The tablet on its left hand holds a tablet with inscription “July IV MDCCLXXVI” – July 4, 1776. It was the date when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • The poem graven in the statue’s feet – it translates the anxiety and hope of the American during the war with England.

The Statue of Liberty was donated by France.

To commemorate the centennial of the United States independence and to symbolize the friendship between the two nations.

It was set that the American government would be the one accountable for the pedestal’s construction.

The project and the building were carried out by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi with the help of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, who also planned the Eiffel Tower. It was Bartholdi himself who traveled to New York in order to choose the site in which his impressive statue would be placed.

The inspiration for the statue’s face came from Bartholdi’s mom and from the body of his bride.

When its development was concluded on French soil (in 1884, after a 10-year construction), the statue was dismantled in 350 pieces, packaged in 214 boxes and put in a frigate which transported it to the United States. It reached its destiny a year later, in 1885.

The following year, the American concluded the pedestal, and the statue was finally assembled.

It’s an icon of the city. It’s really worth it to go there. I suggest you to catch the costless ferry ride to Staten Island so you can have a nice view of the statue and Manhattan.