Everyone knows the Statue of Liberty. The huge and colossal sculpture thrones on Liberty Island in New York Harbour. But what else do you know about this famous lady? Here are eleven fun facts you should know.
1. The designer
The Statue was designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. According to some historians he modelled Lady Liberty's face after his mother.
2. France and the USA
It was given to the USA by France in 1886 and was meant to commemorate the friendship between those two countries, which they established during the American Revolution.
The Statue is 305 feet and 1 inch from the base of the pedestal to the tip of the flame.
The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, which is located within in territorial jurisdiction of the state of New York.
7. The torch
The torch is a symbol of enlightenment. It lights the way to freedom and shows the path to liberty.
8. The crown
There are seven spikes on her crown, which represent the seas and continents of the world.
9. The tablet
In her left hand, the Statue holds a tablet bearing the date of the US' independence: July 4, 1776. It's written in Roman numerals (July IV, MDCCLXXVI).
10. The view
Viewing decks are located on the pedestal and crown. The area inside the torch has been closed to the public since an explosion on July 30, 1916.
Now that you know so much about it, it's time to visit!