Statue of Liberty Facts

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most enduring icons of freedom and liberty.

It is also frequently identified with the United States as a nation. Following are some interesting facts about the statue.

  • The exterior of the Statue of Liberty is mostly made up of copper.
  • The original statue was not green, instead the copper exterior has oxidized over time and has become green.
  • The statue represents Libertas, the goddess of liberty in Ancient Rome.
  • The statue was a gift from France to United States. It was given in 1886, soon after the American independence.
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Statue of Liberty – Liberty Island

  • The crown of the statue has 25 windows. It has seven spikes – each spike represents an ocean and a continent.
  • Together, the seven spikes denote the universal appeal and relevance of the statue.
  • The height of the statue from the heel to the top of the head is around 111 feet.
  • The height of the statue from the base of the pedestal to the tip of its raised torch is around 305 feet.
  • The statue weighs around 225 tones. That is around 450,000 pounds.
  • The statue originally had a different torch.
  • In 1986, the original torch was replaced with a new torch covered in 24k gold leaf.
  • Near the statue’s feet lie broken chains with one foot slightly raised above the ground.
  • The chains denote oppression and the raised foot denotes that the statue is stepping out of oppression to embrace liberty.
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7/4/1986 Nancy Reagan waves while visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York City

  • From the pedestal to the head of the statue, there are 154 steps.
  • The total cost of the statue was covered through donations in both France and the United States.
  • The Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886. At the time, it held the record of being the tallest iron structure in the world.
  • Every year, hundreds of light bolts hit the statue due to its height.
  • In all, it is estimated that nearly 600 light bolts hit the statue annually.
  • The poem ‘The New Colossus’ is written about the Statue of Liberty.
  • The poem, written in 1883, was engraved on a bronze tablet and placed at the pedestal of the statue in 1903.
  • The Statue of Liberty is located on an island. The island was named Liberty Island in 1956.
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Statue of Liberty frontal As viewed from the ground on Liberty Island

  • Initially, it was possible for visitors to reach the torch of the statue through stairs.
  • In 1916, the stairs were damaged and closed.
  • They have been closed since so that no visitors have been able to visit the torch since its repair.
  • The statue was built in France and comprised of 300 separate pieces.
  • It was then transported to United States and reassembled upon arrival.
  • The statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a notable French sculptor.
  • The metal framework of the statue was constructed by Gustave Eiffel, who also constructed the Eiffel Tower.
  • 300 different types of hammers were used to shape the copper of the statue.
  • In 2009, the statue attracted more than 3 million annual visitors.

Statue of Liberty Resources

The Story of the Statue of Liberty (Rise and Shine) Paperback – May 26, 1989

Learn More about the Statue of Liberty at Wikipedia