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Greatest Wonders of the World: The Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty, New York City

The Statue of Liberty, New York City

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French government to the United States on the occasion of the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence.

The official name of the statue, translated from the French, is “Liberty Enlightening the World “. She is also known as the Statue of Liberty, Lady Liberty and Miss Liberty.

The gigantic figure of the French call "Liberty Enlightening the World" is the result of ten years of work by the studio of sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The steel structure of the statue was designed by Gustav Eiffel, who was the builder of the Eiffel Tower. The dedication date was set for July 4, 1876, but the lack of funds to be raised through donations virtually delayed. Finally, on October 28, 1886, US President Grover Cleveland gladly accepted the Statue of Liberty on Bedloe’s Island, where donations from the American side had paid for her pedestal to be built. In 1956, the island was renamed Liberty Island in her honors.

Together with the classical style socle designed by the American architect Richard M. Hunt, the total height of the statue from the base of the ground-level foundations to the tip of the gold-plated flame of the torch is around 95 meters. The seven beams radiating from her crown symbolize the seven seas. For many people who have crossed the Atlantic to come to America, the Statue of Liberty is a one of a kind symbols of freedom, liberty, independence and prosperity. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world have passed under her gaze at the entrance to New York Harbor.

The Statue of Liberty was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1984.

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