As we all know that the Statue of Liberty is one of the major attractions for the visitors, located on the Liberty Island in New York Harbor in the New York City. Her official name is ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ but people around the world know her as the Statue of Liberty. The statue was a gift from the people of France to the People of United States and it was designed the by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi while the architects were Gustave Eiffel, Richard Morris Hunt. There are so many new and interesting facts about Statue of Liberty that we have listed below.
35 New and Interesting Facts about Statue of Liberty
- In 2017 approx. 4.5 million visitors had visited the Statue of Liberty.
- It was gifted to the United States by France in the year 1886.
- The height of the Statue of Liberty is 93 meters.
- The statue of Liberty represents Libertas, Roman goddess of freedom, and her tablet carries an inscription of the date of American Declaration of Independence.
- The total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 450,000 pounds.
- The Statue of Liberty is made of an iron frame with a sheet of pure copper hung over it.
- Although, the Statue of Liberty is famous the world, this iconic monument did not make it onto a list of the world’s 50 most visited tourist attractions.
- The torch of the Statue of Liberty was originally made of copper but during the restoration work in 1986 it was covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.
- Her Crown has 7 rays, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing approx. 150 pounds.
- She wears a size 879 shoe.
- Her waistline measures 35-foot.
- The tablet in her hand was inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776).
- The Lady Liberty has a light green color which is the result of the natural weathering of the copper.
- There are a total of 154 steps from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to the head.
- If you want to reach the crown of the Lady Liberty then you need to climb 354 stairs.
- When the Statue of Liberty was first erected in the year 1886 it was the tallest structure ever built of iron.
- It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1984.
- Statue of Liberty also has replicas in Paris and on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada.
- The Statue was used as a lighthouse from the year 1886 to 1902.
- It was closed in the year 2012 due to the aftermaths of hurricane sandy.
- The Statue’s head was first exhibited at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair.
- Fundraising for the construction of the statue started in the year 1882.
- Disassembled parts of the statue firs arrived in New York via French steamer Isère on June 17, 1885.
- The Statute completed its 133rd year in 2018.
- You cannot visit the Statue of Liberty in private boats, the only way to visit the statue is via ferries.
- The first stamp to have the image of the Statue of Liberty on it was 15 cents released in the year 1922.
- A grand dedicated ceremony was held October 28, 1886.
- The statue appeared in the film named ‘Planet of the Apes’ in the year 1968, where it was shown half buried in sand.
- Liberty Island where the statue is located was previously known as Bedloe Island, it was renamed in the year 1956.
- Two images of the statue of liberty appear on a $10 bill.
- The cost of building the statue and pedestal was over $500,000.
- Statue of Liberty became a symbol of immigration that took place during the second half of the 19th century, as over 9m immigrants arrived in the United States in boats.
- In the year 1990 the Ellis Immigraton Island was opened to the public and has received approx. 40 million visitors since then.
For visiting the Statue of Liberty:
- You have to make reservations in advance and pay additional fee to visit the crown of the Liberty Lady.
- An audio tour is included with each ferry ticket and can be picked up at the Acoustiguide booth on Liberty Island.
Above is a list of few new and interesting facts about Statue of Liberty in New York.
Plan your visit soon to this iconic monument!