The Statue of Liberty is an icon of freedom and is one of the most well recognized monuments in the United States. It stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was design by French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi and was a gift from the people of France to the United States.
When was the Statue of Liberty built
The idea of building the statue was first discussed in 1865, but because of the troubled political situation in France, the actual building didn’t take place until the early 1870′s. In 1875 it was decided that France would finance and build the actual statue and the US would build the pedestal. The statue was completed in stages as both countries struggled to raise the funds for the project. The completed statue was presented to the US Ambassador on the July 4, 1884. Meanwhile, the pedestal was not completed until April, 1886. The statue was brought to the US in pieces and reassembled on the current site. The dedication ceremony was held on October 28, 1886 when it was opened to the public.
Interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty
- The statue (including the base and pedestal) stands at a height of 305 feet and 6 inches (93 metres).
- The statue is made of copper and the green color is caused by the natural weathering of the copper.
- The restoration of the statue was completed in 1986. The torch was replaced, along with much of the internal structure.
- There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the statue.
- The United States needed to fundraise $100,000 for the pedestal and, thanks to the work of Joseph Pulitzer, they achieved this goal. Amazingly, 80% of this money was received in sums of less than 1 dollar!