Unique Facts About Statue of Liberty !

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Unique Facts About Statue of Liberty !

  • The original name of the 'Statue of Liberty' is Liberty Enlightening the World.
  • Besides being called 'Statue of Liberty' it is also fondly known as Lady Liberty.
  • The height of the statue is 152 feet.
  • One of the important statue of liberty facts is that The statue was built from copper sheets mounted onto a steel framework.
  • "Liberty Enlightening the World" was made using 300 hammered sheets of copper and weighed an astounding 225 tons.
  • The statue was not green from inception, it turned green due to atmospheric conditions, the main being acidic rainfall.
  • The statue is of an upright woman dressed in a flowing robe, wearing a 7-point spiked crown.
  • The 7-point spiked crown is said to represent the seven continents or the seven seas.
  • Lady Liberty holds a torch high over her head in the right hand, and holds a tablet close to her body in the left hand.
  • The tablet contains the text "July IV MDCCLXXVI" meaning July 4, 1776, commemorating the independence day of The United States of America.
  • The exact height of the statue is 151 feet and one inch, but for purpose of convenience we put it down as 151 or 152 feet tall.
  • The foundation (pedestal and 11-point star foundation) measures a total 154 feet.
  • The statue underwent massive restoration in 1984 for the rededication held on July 4, 1986.
  • Each of the 1350 iron bars were replaced by stainless-steel bars because the iron bars were all severely corroded.
  • The torch that we see today is not the original torch of 1886. This torch was replaced during the 1984-86 restoration because restoration was found unsuitable. The original torch underwent major modifications in 1916. Today this torch is located in the Lady Liberty's lobby museum.
  • On a plaque located in the museum at the base of the statue are lines from Emma Lazarus' poem 'The New Colossus'. They read - "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
  • Liberty Island is situated closer to New Jersey that to New York (but is a part of New York).
  • Liberty Island has had a very colorful past, its owners ranging from British, to French, to American individuals. Today the island is owned by the federal government and administered by the National Park Service.
  • The massive steel structure that holds the 'Statue of Liberty' together was designed by Gustave Eiffel.
  • Gustave Eiffel is the same person who designed the world famous 'La Tour Eiffel' (Eiffel Tower) of Paris.
  • The base of the pedestal is a 11-point star.
  • Statue of Liberty stamps that have been minted were: 15 cent stamp issued on November 11, 1922; 3 cent stamp issued on June 24, 1954; 8 cent stamp issued on April 9, 1954; and 11 cent stamp issued on June 11, 1961.
  • The New York quarter minted in 2001 has the imprint of Lady Liberty with the words 'Gateway to Freedom' inscribed on it.
  • Liberty Island was known as Bedloe's Island till 1956.
  • Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal for 'Lady Liberty'.Its one of the unknown statue of liberty facts.
  • He is the same person who designed the Tribune Building and the Lennox Library.
  • The American Museum of Immigration was inaugurated on the second floor of the pedestal in 1972.
  • You would have to climb 354 winding steps to get to the top of the statue (closed for general public).
  • You could also take the elevator that goes up to the crown of the statue (closed for general public).
  • Liberty island was closed to the public from September 11, 2001 and reopened in December the same year.
  • The Statue of Liberty reopened for public on August 3, 2004.
  • One of the iconic statue of liberty facts is that Only the museum and 10-storey pedestal are open for public view.
  • As of now, the interior of the statue remains closed for the public, but a glass separator allows one to see the wonderful framework created by Gustave Eiffel.
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