Located in the Liberty Island of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is a monument to freedom and democracy.
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It was a gift from France to the United States as symbol of friendship on the 100 anniversary of the USA independence in 1886. The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (that is the full name of the monument) was designed by artist Auguste Bartholdi following the style of Greco-Roman art.
Lady Liberty (as it is popularly called) is the figure of a woman wearing a Roman stola and sandals, all symbols of the roman goddess of freedom. It is walking forward and breaking the shackles tied to her feet. Her right arm is holding a torch pointing to sky that symbolizes enlightenment.
The height of the statue from feet to torch is 46m and 92m measured from the ground to the torch. The crown has nearly 47m high and provides a stunning view in all directions. In consequence, its glass-covered windows make the crown a great tourist observatory.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States which is not surprising, considering that for many years when ships were the main transportation means for passengers, this was the first image of the country that visitors could see when approaching to New York’s port. It has been declared World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1984 and it is one of the most visited tourist attractions of New York.
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