Standing 93 metres high and weighting 200 tonnes, the Statue of Liberty is the national emblem of the United States and one of the most universal symbols of freedom and democracy. The famous Statue of Liberty is New York’s must-see monument.
Situated at the New York City Port entry, it was, at the time, the first American symbol emigrants would see upon their arrival at Ellis Island by boat. The Statue of Liberty represents a woman draped in a clothe with her right hand brandishing a torch and her left hand holding a tablet upon which the date of the United States’ Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776 – is inscribed. At the Statue’s feet are the broken chains of slavery. Its crown has seven rays, each symbolising the seven seas and continents.
Offered by France as a symbol of friendship between the two nations and in celebration of the United States’ centenary in 1876, it was inaugurated on October 28, 1886. Designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the legend claims that the Statue’s body resembles that of the sculptor’s wife and the statue’s face that of the sculptor’s mother.
Located on Liberty Island, one can access only by ferry. The base of the statue contains a museum, and its top decorated with a balcony, offers a beautiful view of New York’s skyline.
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Address : Liberty Island, New York, NY 10029 (Wall Street district)
Open hours : Visits: June - August: 8:30am - 4:30pm and September - May: 9am - 3:30pm
Transport : Ferry access: South Ferry