15 Interesting facts about Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French people to the Americans on the commemoration of American Independence on July 4, 1776. The Statue was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June 1885 onboard the French frigate Isere.
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The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French people to the Americans on the commemoration of American Independence on July 4, 1776. The Statue of Liberty was constructed by the combined efforts of France and U.S.A. An agreement was signed between the Americans and the French that the American people would build the pedestal, and the French people would be responsible for the Statue and its assembling in the United States.

In this article we are giving 15 ‘wow facts’ about the Statue of Liberty for the knowledge of kids, students and curious people.

1. The Statue of Liberty is located at Liberty Island Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

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2. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.

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3. The Statue was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor on 17 June, 1885 onboard the French frigate "Isere."

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4. In transit, the Statue was divided into 350 pieces and packed in 214 crates. When the pieces of this statue reached in America, it took 4 months to re-assemble all the parts.

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5. On October 28, 1886, President ‘Grover Cleveland’ oversaw the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in front of thousands of spectators.

6. Its height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches.

7. Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches.

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8. The Statue of Liberty weighted around 225 tons.

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9. During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.

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10. There are 7 rays on her crown, representing the 7 continents of the world. The length of each ray is 9 feet and weight around150 pounds.

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11. A person has to walk 354 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty. There is way inside the statue to reach upto its head.

12. A tablet held  by the statue in her left hand measures 23' 7" tall and 13' 7" wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776).

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13. At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny.

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14. French and American people collected 2,250,000 francs ($250,000 U.S. dollars) to arrange fund for the construction of this statue.

15. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1984.

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Main Physical characteristics of statue of Liberty are as:

Feature

Measurement

 Height of copper statue

 151 ft 1 in

 Foundation of pedestal (ground level) to tip of torch

 305 ft 1 in

 Heel to top of head

 111 ft 1 in

 Height of hand

 16 ft 5 in

 Index finger

 8 ft 1 in

 Distance across the eye

 2 ft 6 in

 Length of nose

 4 ft 6 in

 Right arm length

 42 ft 0 in

 Thickness of waist

 35 ft 0 in

 Width of mouth

 3 ft 0 in

 Tablet, length

 23 ft 7 in

 Tablet, width

 13 ft 7 in

 Tablet, thickness

 2 ft 0 in

 Height of pedestal

 89 ft 0 in

 Height of foundation

 65 ft 0 in

 Weight of copper used in statue

 27.22 tonnes

 Weight of steel used in statue

 113.4 tonnes

 Total weight of statue

 225 tonnes

 Thickness of copper sheeting

 2.4 mm

So in the concluding remark it can be said that the Statue of Liberty is a very nice example of a marvelous sculpture in the world.

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