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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty stands tall in the New York Harbor in New York City, United States of America. The iconic monument was a gift from the people of France and designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The framework was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue is a representation of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess, holding a torch in her right hand and a tabula ansata inscribed JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence) in her left hand. At her feet, lies a broken shackle and chain, signifying the abolition of slavery in the United States.

The statue was inspired by Édouard René de Laboulaye, a French law professor and politician, who commented in 1865 that any monument raised to U.S. independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed and these pieces were showcased in international expositions. Fundraising for the pedestal encountered difficulty, especially in the United States, and was only successful thanks to Joseph Pulitzer's involvement. The statue was built in France and assembled in its place on Bedloo's Island. New York then held its first ticker-tape parade to celebrate and President Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication ceremony.

The Statue of Liberty is maintained by the National Park Service, as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and it is a major tourist attraction. The public has been barred from access to the balcony around the torch since 1916. All in all, The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, democracy and a reminder of the struggles that the nation has overcome in its history. It is a must visit for tourists in New York City.

Statue of Liberty, sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, New York, United States

Location: New York City

Inception: 1886

Architect: Eugène Viollet-le-Duc

Height: 46 m

Material: copper, steel, concrete, granite, gold leaf

Website: nps.gov/stli/index.htm


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