The statue of Liberty, which symbolizes freedom and democracy, was a gift from the French to New York City in 1886. Declared a National Monument in 1924.
This imposing sculpture, 46 meters high, shows us a Roman goddess with a seven-pointed crown that holds a table with her left hand, where the date of the United States Declaration of Independence is inscribed on July 4, 1776.
Auguste Bartholdi built the hand that holds the torch, which was shown in the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, on May 18, 1877. Subsequently, it was exhibited at Madison Square in New York until 1882.
Gustave Eiffel, designed the structure of almost 30 meters high, which will hold the statue forever. In 1886 the construction of the pedestal was completed. On November 1 of that year, with fireworks and special lighting, the Statue welcomed us from then on, from the port of New York.
Did you know that there are many replicas of the Statue of Liberty in other cities of the world?
Here are some of them:
- A two meter high statue in the Arús Public Library, in the city of Barcelona, Spain.
- A replica of almost 12 meters that served as a model to the original, on the Swan Island, in Paris, France.
- Made of iron, in the Belgrano neighbourhood, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- The one located in the bay of the city of Tokyo, Japan.