Statue of Liberty in New York

The symbol of the city of New York and a famous sight of New York is the Statue of Liberty, also called Lady Liberty. She was created by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel and stands on Liberty Island (formerly Bedloe’s Island) in New York Harbor near Ellis Island. Every incoming ship had to pass through this island, which is why it seemed a suitable location for a statue.

The first plans for the realization of the Statue of Liberty were already in 1865, but the implementation did not begin until 1876 to celebrate the centenary of the United States.

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland as a gift from France to the United States as a token of liberty. The statue was made in France and shipped to New York disassembled into parts. It was then set up on Bedloe’s Island – Liberty Island.

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To celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s centenary, the Statue of Liberty was restored and a museum, the Statue of Liberty Museum, was established in the pedestal. The Statue of Liberty Museum provides information on the figure’s background and construction.
During the redevelopment it turned out that since the changes of 1916, water entered the statue’s torch. Therefore, the torch was replaced with a copy.

The Statue of Liberty New York stands on a pedestal and depicts the figure of Libertas (Roman goddess of freedom). She represents freedom and democracy.
She holds aloft a gilded torch in her right arm. In her left hand she carries a stone tablet bearing the date (July 4, 1776) of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at the feet of the Statue of Liberty figure.

The Statue of Liberty figure has a height of 46.05 meters and a total height of 92.99 meters. It weighs more than 250 tons. Until 1959 it was the tallest statue in the world. In 1959 she was surpassed by the Cristo-Rei in the Portuguese city of Almada.

The statue has been part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument since 1924 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the responsibility for the statue to the National Park Service. In 1956, Congress voted to rename Bedloe’s Island to Liberty Island. The Liberty Statue has been illuminated all night since 1957.

To get to the top observation deck of the Statue of Liberty attraction in the crown, you have to climb half the floors on foot via a spiral staircase. The lift then runs from the 10th floor. The climb is always done in groups of up to 10 people, guided by a National Park Service ranger. The group stays on the observation deck for up to 20 minutes.
A modern elevator allows people with disabilities to access the pedestal viewing area. Additionally, there is an emergency elevator that goes up to the level of the statue’s shoulder.

From the viewing platform you have a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline.

After the 125th anniversary on October 28, 2011, the statue was closed for a year to accommodate a new staircase system inside. It should be safer and be able to accommodate more visitors. The interior of the statue will not be accessible again until late 2012.

From September 11, 2001 (when the World Trade Center towers burned) to 2004, the Statue of Liberty in New York was temporarily closed. The upper viewing platform in the crown was closed until July 4, 2009. Since then, increased security measures have been taken.

Replicas of the Statue of Liberty are in front of the New York-New York Hotel, the Casino in Las Vegas, the Brooklyn Museum, and in Paris. The Statue of Liberty is used as a backdrop in numerous films.

Because the Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, it can only be reached by ferry.

Admission to the Statue of Liberty monument is free, only the ferry has to be paid for and costs around $17 for adults. Both Liberty Island and Ellis Island are included in the ferry price. Neighboring Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is a must-see for visitors. It is advisable to reserve or buy a ticket for the Statue of Liberty beforehand as one of New York’s most popular attractions is very crowded.

The New York Pass is also recommended : Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum Ferry are free to visit in New York City with the New York Pass.

Address of the Statue of Liberty in New York

statue of liberty & statue of liberty museum on Liberty Island
Ferry departs from Castle Clinton/Battery Park
www.nps.gov/stli

Statue of Liberty in New York