Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York

Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York

Touring the Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences of any visit to New York. Lady Liberty stands tall and proud on Liberty Island, protecting the entrance to New York Harbor. A gift from France to memorialize the signing of the Declaration of Independence's 100 year anniversary, she has acted a symbol of hope and democracy in New York since 1886.

 

The History of the Statue of Liberty

 

Frederic A. Bartholdi was commissioned to create the Statue of Liberty (supposedly her face was modeled after his mother). Bartholdi had to enlist the help of an engineer to deal with the architectural complications of creating the giant sculpture so the architectural master of the Eiffel Tower, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, helped find a way to get the statue to stand upright. The project was actually a joint effort between the United States and France, with France designing and building the Statue and United States building the pedestal that supports Lady Liberty today.

 

Getting the Statue of Liberty to the United States

 

The statue needed to be broken down into 350 pieces and packed safely away in 214 crates to be transported to the United States. On October 28, 1886 the dedication to the Statue of Liberty took place. The statue was affixed to the granite pedestal on the aptly named Liberty Island.

 

The Present

 

Standing tall and at a massive 305 feet including the pedestal, the statue continues to dominate Liberty Island. Along with iconic Ellis Island, the it is managed by the National Park Service. Educational tours share information about the construction and restoration of the statue and within the pedestal visitors can see the original torch and an informative exhibit prior to taking a close up view, from the 10th floor, of the Statue of Liberty in all her glory. A feature that visitors can't see is the broken chain that is wrapped around the statue's feet, sticking out from the bottom of her robe, symbolizing her free forwards motion, enlightening the world via her famous torch, free from servitude and oppression.

 

Due to its extreme popularity (Lady Liberty welcomes thousands of visitors a day), visitors who wish to enter the museum, pedestal or crown must secure an advanced reservation. If you want to visit the crown, it's important to note that it's not for the fainthearted; it involves taking on 354 steep, winding steps. That being said, it you're up for it, visiting the crown will be well worth the effort.

 

If you don't really care about walking around Liberty Island or climbing up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, there are several great places you can go to have exceptional views of Lady Liberty including the Brooklyn Promenade and Battery Park. In addition, there are several sightseeing cruises in New York that offer visitors exceptional views of the Statue of Liberty and great photo opportunities as well. Even better, you can take the Staten Island Ferry for free and while the view of the Statue of Liberty is from a distance, the views of the New York Harbor are breathtaking.

1.9.2013 | Dan | Cities |
Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York
Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York
Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York
Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York
Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York
Statue of Liberty; A Must See in New York
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