Statue of Liberty facts

Below are some of the facts about the Statue of Liberty:

  • The full name of this 131 year old attraction is Liberty Enlightening the World.
  • It was a gift from France to United States of America and was gifted on 1886. It was for celebrating 100 years of American Freedom as well as the friendship between the two nations.
  • The robed female figure represents the Roman Goddess of freedom, Libertas and she holds a torch and a tablet. On the tablet the American Day of Independence that is July 4, 1776 is inscribed.
  • The sculpture of this Statue was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The French engineer Gustave Eiffel designed the frame work. There are 25 windows in the crown and 354 steps to the crown.
  • Bartholdi designed the statue’s face similar to his mother Charlotte’s face.
  • There are seven rays in the Statue’s crown and they represents the seven continents and the seven seas of the world.
  • The Statue of liberty was reconstructed on the Bedloe Island that is known as Liberty Island now. It is accessible only by ferry.
  • The New York harbor is considered as perfect place for this statue as it is the place where people gets their first view of the new world. It is the universal symbol of freedom and welcomes immigrants to the nation.
  • The official birthday of the Lady in the Statue is October 28th on which day it was accepted by the President of America.
  • At the feet of the statue there are broken shackles that represents the protest against oppression and tyranny. Her right foot is raised that shows that she is moving forward away from oppression. The lady wears a shoe of size 879.
  • The total weight of the copper structure is 225 tons and for creating the structure 300 different types of hammers were used.
  • In 1986 the old torch of the Statue was replaced by a new copper torch that is covered by 24k gold leaf.
  • The statue of liberty has appeared a lot of times in films. In 1968 film planet of apes it was half buried in sand. In other two movies in ‘Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘Independence day’ the statue has been destroyed totally.
  • Every year the statue is hit by 600 bolts of lightning since she was erected. The best photograph is captured by a photographer in 2010. And they say lighting doesn’t struck at a place twice.
  • You will find two images of the statue on a $10 bill.