STATUE OF LIBERTY
THE FRENCH PEOPLE MADE IT FOR AMERICANS
- The Statue of Liberty was a gift by the French people to America.
- It was made to commemorate 100 years of American Independence (1876)
- French sculptor Bartholdi has designed the statue. Gustav Eiffel, the famous designer of Eiffel tower has helped Bartholdi to build the statue with copper and steel.
- The torch bearing hand is the first part of the statue to be completed and it took almost 8 years for the completion of the statue.
- The statue was then dismantled and transported to US, where it was inaugurated in the year 1886.
A ROMAN GODDESS BREAKING SHACKLES
- The Statue of Liberty is designed to resemble a goddess named Libertas. Libertas is a Roman goddess for liberty.
- She holds a torch in her right hand and a tablet on her left. The tablet was inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)
- The statue holds a crown with seven spikes. These seven spikes were supposed to represent seven continents.
- The Statue of Liberty is designed as it was stepping forward by breaking its shackles.
ITS FINGER IS HIGHER THAN YOU
- The 151 feet statue stands on a 154 feet building. So the total height of Statue of liberty from the ground to the torch would be 305 feet!
- The weight of the statue is estimated to be 204 tonnes!
- The index finger of the statue is higher than a human being. It's just 8 feet!
- Visitors have to climb 354 steps to reach the crown of the statue.
- Almost 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty every year.
LADY LIBERTY IN DANGER
- The Statue of Liberty is made of copper and steel and so it certainly does attract the lightening. It's estimated that almost 600 bolts would hit the statue every year!
- The torch bearing arm was damaged due to an explosion during the First World War.
- During the stormy winds, the statue sways up to 3 inches, while the torch would swing up to 5 inches.
IF YOU WISH TO GO THERE...
- The Statue of Liberty is placed on a small island that lies between the port of New York and New Jersey.
- The island was previously called Bedloe Island, but its name was changed in 1956 to Liberty Island.
- The Island is just around 15 acres and is now an exclusive tourist spot.