Statue of Liberty

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Located on Liberty Island in New York, at 151 feet tall (305 feet including base and pedestal), the Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom throughout the world. It was certainly that for millions of immigrants who came to America in the 19th century seeking refuge, freedom, and opportunity.

The Statue of Liberty’s formal name is Liberty Enlightening the World. The Statue was actually a gift from the people of France. Made of copper sheets with an iron framework, the statue depicts a woman escaping the chains of tyranny, which lie at her feet. Her right hand holds a burning torch that represents liberty. Her left hand holds a tablet inscribed with the date "July 4, 1776" (in Roman numerals), the day the United States declared its independence from England. She is wearing flowing robes, called a polio, and the seven rays of her spiked crown symbolize the seven seas and continents.

Updated: 18th July 2015 — 3:09 pm