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Statue of Liberty: 28 interesting facts about the Lady of Liberty

This Liberty symbol has been a delight to tourist around the world who have traveled hundred and thousand of miles to have have a glimpse of the historic statue.

Now, these are some of the importance fact you would like to know about the statue of liberty.

1. The statue is known as the Liberty Enlightening the World.

2. It was given to America by France in 1886.

3. A public show of head of the statue was made in Paris in 1878.

4. The female figure stand for Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.

5.The date of American Declaration of Independence which was on July 4, 1776 is written on the tablet on her hand

6. The height of the statue is 93 metres, and the weighs is 204 metric tonnes.

7. The shoe size of the Lady Liberty is 879.

8. The waistline of the Lady is 35-foot.

9. The stairs from the ground to the crown is 354.

10. The crown has 25 windows.

11. The spikes on the crown stands for the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world.

12. The idea for the design of the statue was given by Edouard de Laboulaye, while the design was done by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi.

13 The man, Gustave Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower was also the person who design Liberty’s ‘spine’ which included four iron columns supporting a metal framework which in turn holds the copper skin.

14. 300 different types of hammers were employed to design the copper structure.

15. The statue’s first and original torch was replaced in 1984 with a new copper torch covered in 24k gold leaf.

16. It may not be possible to see the Lady Liberty’s feet clearly but she is standing on a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot raised, depicting her moving forward away from suppression and slavery.

17. The cost of building the statue was funded by contributions from both the French and the Americans.

18. When the statue, The lady of Liberry was first erected in 1886 it was rated as the tallest iron structure ever constructed.

19. UNESCO listed the statue as World Heritage Site in 1984.

20. Not less than two people have committed suicide by jumping off the statue, the first one occurred in 1929 and the second one happened in 1932, however, many others have jumped and survived.

21. The island in which it stands was previously known as Bedloe Island, but the name was later changed in 1956 to Liberty Island.

22. In 1944 the lights in the crown was said to have flashed.

23. The statue was used as a lighthouse for 16 years starting from 1886 to 1902. It lighted a distance of up to 24 miles.

24. The statue will be celebrating its 135 birthday in October 2020

26. The lady Statue sustained minor damage in 1916 when German saboteurs detonated a bomb during World War One. The arm that bear the torch was the most affected. It repair works cost $100,000. The stairs in the torch were then closed to the tourist for safety purposes and have remained closed since then.

27. Private boats are not permitted to dock at Liberty and Ellis islands. The only way to get there is through ferry system.

28. The head is installed two feet off centre.

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