The Statue of Liberty
A Must See Attraction for Anyone Visting New York City
Those who visit The Statue of Liberty are able to retrace the steps of the American people’s bid for independence and liberty by standing at the historic site of one of the United States most treasured landmarks. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France and built in 1886 by French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi. “Lady Liberty” as the Statue of Liberty is sometimes referred to, is a tribute to the American people and has been a landmark of the American independence and way of life for over 100 years. Lady Liberty is a visible figure of freedom for not only the American people as well and was a revered sight for those immigrants first coming to America by way of Ellis Island.
The beautiful and inspiring statue has been a national treasure since its creation as well as a popular tourist destination, seeing well over 4 million visitors in 2011, with each year since its dedication increasing in popularity and numbers. Liberty Island is a great tourist spot as you can see the proud history of America as well as see a testament to the ingenuity of the human race through the magnificent Statue of Liberty’s astounding size and impeccable precision.
The Statue of Liberty stands at 305ft tall from the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch in Lady Liberty’s right hand and at its creation was a brown copper color, but over time the trade mark green color (called a patina) has appeared due to the natural weathering of the copper statue. The statues tabula ansata (a tablet invoking the law) has the date of the Declaration of Independence inscribed upon the proud lady’s tablet to be a reminder of America’s break from England in 1776.
Liberty Island has many things to do more than just look at the Statue of Liberty such as the Liberty Museum and the Visitor Information Center, which chronicles the history of the Statue of Liberty and the symbolism behind her construction. There is also the opportunity for visitors to get a 30 minute tour of the Statue of liberty by park rangers where they explain the history of the statue in detail as well as little tidbits that may not be common public knowledge. For those wishing to get a souvenir of the momentous trip, a photographer is available at the base of the Statue to photographic of you and your group with Lady Liberty in the background to keep the memory of your trip alive for years to come.