Did you know Lady Liberty was a gift from France to the United States? She’s not just any statue; she’s a towering beacon of hope and a testament to the enduring friendship between the two nations! Get ready to be fascinated by the iconic symbol of freedom as we dive into fascinating facts about the Statue of Liberty!
Hold on tight as we reveal Lady Liberty’s impressive stats – standing tall at a whopping 305 feet, she’s a true marvel of engineering! And those captivating green hues? They’re all thanks to a natural process called patination.
But there’s more to this lady than meets the eye! Learn all about her intriguing backstory, from her French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s creation to her epic transatlantic journey to her current home on Liberty Island.
So, history enthusiasts and admirers of architectural wonders, get ready to unravel these captivating facts about the Statue of Liberty, an enduring symbol of liberty and democracy!
Facts About the Statue of Liberty
- The Statue of Liberty is 151 feet tall.
- The French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi almost built the Statue of Liberty in Egypt.
- The man behind the Eiffel Tower helped with the construction of the Statue of Liberty.
- The outside of the Statue of Liberty is covered in copper.
- No one knows who the sculptor modeled the Statue of Liberty after.
- The Statue of Liberty is closer to New Jersey than New York.
- When windy enough, the Statue of Liberty can sway 3 inches, and the torch can sway 5 inches.
- When you visit the Statue of Liberty, you can climb 22 stories or 354 steps to the top of her crown and look out 25 windows.
- The Statue of Liberty’s arm that holds the torch is 46 feet, her finger is 8 feet, and her nose is almost 5 feet.
- The seven rays on the Statue of Liberty’s crown represent the Earth’s seven seas.
- The Statue of Liberty gets struck by lightning 600 times a year.
- The Statue of Liberty’s head was not put on correctly; it was installed 2 feet off-center.
- Because of damage by the Germans, we are not allowed in the Statue of Liberty’s torch,
- At the Statue of Liberty’s feet, you will see broken shackles that symbolize the country moving forward from oppression and slavery.
- The green of the Statue of Liberty comes from the copper on the outside of her weathering and oxidizing.
- She measures 35 feet across her waist and has a shoe size of 879.
- The Statue of Liberty faces Southeast.
- The Statue of Liberty’s torch is a symbol of enlightenment.
- The Statue of Liberty holds the tablet of law and has July 4, 1776, written on it in Roman numerals (July IV, MDCCLXXVI).
- The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty was funded by an early form of crowdfunding.
- The Statue of Liberty is covered in symbolism.
- The Statue of Liberty is marching forward.
- The Statue of Liberty was originally copper.
- The Statue of Liberty used to be a lighthouse.
- The Statue of Liberty was modeled after the Roman Goddess of Freedom, Libertas.
- The Statue of Liberty was built in France and then taken apart into 350 pieces to be shipped to New York.
- It took 4 months to put the 350 pieces back together again.
- It took over 300 sheets of copper to cover the outside of the Statue of Liberty.
- They used 125 tons of iron to build the foundations.
- The torch on the Statue of Liberty is covered in 24-karat gold.
- The Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons.
- Both Boston and Philadelphia tried to get the Statue of Liberty built there.
- You will see two images of the Statue of Liberty’s torch on the $10 bill.
- After the September 11th attacks, no one could go up in the crown of the Statue of Liberty until eight years later.
- Two people have jumped to their deaths from the top of the Statue of Liberty.
- The Statue of Liberty has been destroyed twice in films.
- The Statue of Liberty has many nicknames, such as America’s Freedom, Lady on a Pedestal, Mother of Freedom, Saint Liberty, and Green Goddess.
- It was declared a National Monument on October 15, 1924, about 38 years after it was finished.
- The actual name of the Statue of Liberty is Liberty Enlightening the World.
- The Statue of Liberty was supposed to be a 100th anniversary present for signing the Declaration of Independence but was given to the US 10 years late.
- The Statue of Liberty’s pedestal cost almost as much as the Statue itself.
- Under the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal is an old war fort called Fort Wood.
- They have put a new museum on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
- On the day of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication, they had a big parade, and the Stock Exchange threw torn-up ticker tape out of the window, starting the tradition of a ticker tape parade.
- She was a beacon for women’s rights from the beginning.
- They renamed the island the Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island.
- From the years 1892 to 1942 the Statue of Liberty greeted over 12 million immigrants that arrived by boat to Ellis Island.
- It cost about $500,000 to build the Statue of Liberty and its pedestal, which in today’s money would be about $10 million.
- From 2014 to 2019, over 4.2 million people visited the Statue of Liberty each year.
- The Statue of Liberty’s original torch was replaced in 1984.
- General William Tecumseh Sherman selected where the Statue of Liberty would go.
- The Statue of Liberty was strategically placed facing Southeast as a welcoming symbol for the ships entering the harbor.
- The Statue of Liberty’s torch lights the path to freedom and liberty.
- The Statue of Liberty marks the friendship of the USA and France during the American Revolution.
- In 2023, the Statue of Liberty will be 137 years old.
- The Pedestal, on which the Statue stands, was designed by an American Architect “Richard Morris Hunt“.
- The Statue of Liberty’s crown symbolizes divinity.
- The Statue of Liberty’s pedestal is made of stone and is 89 feet high.
- The copper on the outside of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick, which is about as wide as two pennies put together.
- There are many replicas of the Statue of Liberty all over the world.
- The stairs inside the Statue of Liberty are a spiral staircase.
- 300 different hammers were used to shape the copper structure of the Statue of Liberty.
- The Statue of Liberty was initially designed to the building of the Suez Canal.
- The torch and arm of the Statue of Liberty sat in Madison Square Park for six years to help get the fund to pay for the pedestal.
- When the Statue of Liberty was first built in 1886, it was the tallest iron structure ever built.
So many facts about the Statue of Liberty! If you have any others, add them to the comments.
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