A symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty stands in the New York Harbor, welcoming newcomers to the United States. In 1984, the Statue of Liberty was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Given to the United States as a gift from France, the statue was designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated in 1886.
The idea of creating the statue was given by Edouard de Laboulaye, a prominent political thinker, who later became known as the ‘Father of the Statue of Liberty’. Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and poetess Emma Lazarus helped to raise funds for the construction of the pedestal.
The sculpture is designed in the neoclassical style, and represents the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas. Lady Liberty, as she is often called, holds a lit torch and a tablet, called the tabula ansata, on which is written July 4, 1776 – the date of US independence. A broken chain sits around the base of her feet, symbolizing breaking free. The statue also acts as a welcoming signal for immigrants arriving from all over the world.
The Statue of Liberty is maintained by the National Parks Service, and visitors can make reservations to voyage up into the statue to the crown observation deck. The platform in the crown can hold 10 people at a time. You need to climb 377 steps to reach the crown platform. The only place for crown reservations is Statue cruises.
The National Park Service has laid down certain rules and regulations to be followed for the crown tours. The visitors are just allowed to take one camera, leaving everything else in the locker room. The crown visitors must be physically and mentally fit for the tour.
Video Clip of Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, USA.
- The architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc constructed the support base for the statue.
- On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was finally unveiled to the public.
- The statue stands at a height of 151 feet, 1 inch (46 meters).
- The total weight of the statue is 450,000 pounds.
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Visitors to the monument must take the ferry service from Liberty State Park in Jersey City or Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The trip includes a stop at Ellis Island (which is part of the same National Monument) for those who choose to visit both attractions in the same day. The Liberty International Airport is located at a 16-minute drive from the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4, 2013. This includes the Statue. However, work continues to be in progress for the nearby Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty is typically open every day of the year except for Christmas day. The peak season at the monument is from April to September, so expect large crowds and longer wait times during these months.
The first ferry from the mainland goes at 8:30 am. The last ferry from the mainland leaves at 5:00 pm. The closing ferry leaves at 6:45 pm from Liberty Island. It must be noted that the Liberty Island closes 15 minutes before the final departure of 6:45 pm.
You just need to pay for the ferry tickets. The three packages available online include:
Reserve with Crown Ticket: Adults $27, Children $19 and Seniors: $24
Reserve with Pedestal Access: Adults $24, Children $16 and Seniors: $21
Reserve Ticket: Adults $24, Children $16 and Seniors: $21
Nearby attractions: Empire State Building, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge
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