A trip to New York City is not complete without visiting The Statue of Liberty. For the many immigrants who flocked from European countries like Ireland during the famine, the Statue of Liberty was the first image they saw of the USA. With so many amazing things to do in New York City, the iconic Statue of Liberty should be added to the lists.
Approximately 5 million people visit the statue every year.
Interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty
- Lady Liberty was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.
- The statue is formally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World.”
- She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).
- From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 metres, and weighs 204 metric tonnes.
- Lady Liberty was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The framework was designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel.
- The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
- The seven spikes on her crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world.
- Her shoe size is 879.
- Speaking of shoes, if you look closely by the statues feet you will see broken shackles symbolizing the country moving forward from oppression and slavery.
- The site was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1984.
How to get to the Statue of Liberty from New York City
I took the Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island. The ferry leaves every 20 minutes and tickets are included in the New York CityPASS (a good value way to see lots of attractions). It’s actually advisable to purchase this pass to skip all the long queues.
The first stop of thee tour was the Liberty Island first where your ticket grants you access to the pedestal, a viewing platform half way up the monument.
The statue is green because of the oxidation of copper. It’s not paint! The metal is slightly damaged and corroded.
You have to climb 154 stairs from the pedestal to reach the crown which has a total of 25 windows. To access the crown you also have to pay an additional $3.
There’s no time limit as you can stay on the island all day long and even have lunch at their cafe. When you’re ready to leave, you can hop on and visit the next destination: Ellis Island.
Known as the nation’s premier federal immigration station. Ellis Island was in operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrants and The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 where there has been a museum of immigration since 1990.
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