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The Statue of Liberty is the most famous statue in the USA . This American icon is located in New York City , on the Liberty Island. It was installed at the port of the island and revealed in 1886. Throughout its existence, it has greeted millions of immigrants and tourists on entering the USA.

A little bit of history

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the independent United States. Thus, it commemorates the long-lasting friendship of the two countries and the French help to American settlers during the fight for independence from Great Britain in 1776. France was the only country to send its soldiers to America back then. The female statue- the so-called Lady Liberty- was designed by the French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bertholdi. He had been working on this 46 m-high statue for ten years in Paris. The statue was then transported to New York by ship. The inner steel construction, covered by a layer of copper, is the work of the famous French constructor Gustave Eiffel. The repair work of the corroded parts of the copper layer on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the statue's installation cost 100 million dollars. The construction of the pedestal was financed by a national collection. There is a smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.

Technical facts

The Statue of Liberty is 46 meters high and stands on a 47-meters high pedestal. The top of the torch is 93 meters high above the ground. The statue weighs 205 tons and its perimeter is 10.6 meters. The right hand- the one holding the torch- is 12.8 meters long. The point finger is 2.4 m long. In the left hand, the statue holds a tablet with the proclamation of independence, reading JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (4 July 1776) . At the statue's feet, there are the symbolic broken shackles of tyranny. 354 stair lead up to the statue's crown (the 22nd story) , which offers a charming view of the city and the ocean. However, it was closed for tourists until 2009 after the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The torch has been closed to public since 1916. In 1984, the Statue of Liberty became the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Practical information

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is the most popular tourist attraction in New York City . You need to take in account that large crowds of tourists head for the statue every day, especially if the weather is nice. They usually visit the near Ellis Island as well. While travelling on the tourist ship, you will definitely enjoy the view of the imposing skyscrapers of Manhattan. Since 1998, the number of people visiting the upper part of the statue has been strictly limited. On hot summer days, it is necessary to catch the ship at 9 o'clock at latest, otherwise you might not be allowed to enter the statue. The ships leave from the Battery Park every 30 minutes.

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