Statue Of Liberty Enlightening The World

North America | | May 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm


New York in Manhattan is a city that is abuzz with skyscrapers and modern achievements in construction and design; it stands alone on the East Coast of North America as an exemplar of man’s achievements in commercial and residential living.

statue libertyThe New York city is well known as a city of sky scrapers, successful business district and also ground to notable buildings, such as the Empire State and Chrysler which are easily recognizable the world over. One key monument that literally exemplifies this aesthetic is the Statue of Liberty, which is situated on Liberty Island, in New York Harbour.

This statue was gifted to America by the people of France in 1886 as a gift to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence, and as a symbol of the friendship forged between the two countries during the American Revolution.  This gratitude shown by the French further bounded relationship with an agreement, that saw France responsible for building, delivering and reconstructing the Statue, with the Americans responsible for providing the plinth on which she stands today.

The Statue of Liberty holds a torch and a tablet in one arm which has the date 4th July 1776 (date on which the Declaration of Independence was adopted) inscribed in Roman Numerals.

The Statue of Liberty stands 93 meters tall and over 30 tons of copper were used in making of this statue. This amazing statue which weighs around 204 tons from pedestal to torch was transported as 350 component parts, in 214 shipping crates, and then reassembled in no mean feat on Liberty Island.

The Statue is based upon the country’s founding principle and creates an enduring image that encapsulates the hopes and dreams of Americans. The statue is designed so beautifully that it can withstand extreme weather conditions, especially wind. In windy conditions, the statue will sway, rather than break.

The statue of Liberty has around 15,000 visitors traveling daily to have a glimpse of this world heritage site. Visitors generally take a ferry from either Liberty Park in New Jersey or Battery Park in New York to reach the location of the statue.

The Statue of Liberty would be open to the public on the 4 July 2009.   Visitors can climb the circular staircase consisting of 354 steps which leads you into the crown, which has 25 windows offering a panoramic view of the harbor. These windows are meant to represent the jewels in the diadem.

Visiting this heritage site is an opportunity that cannot be missed.

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