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The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France  intended to commemorate the lasting friendship between the peoples of the two nations brought about by our friendship during the American Revolution. The French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi created the statue itself out of sheets of hammered copper while Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel the man behind the famed Eiffel Tower designed the statues steel framework.

The Statue of Liberty was then given to the United States and erected atop an American-designed pedestal on a small island in Upper New York Bay now known as Liberty Island and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.  Over the years the statue stood tall as millions of immigrants arrived in America via nearby Ellis Island; in 1986 it underwent an extensive renovation in honor of the centennial of its dedication. Today the Statue of Liberty remains an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy as well as one of the worlds most recognizable landmarks.

“Give us your tired your poor your hungry your huddled masses yearning to be free”

INTERESTING UNKNOWN FACT: There are THREE Statue of Liberties!

One in Paris is the original one made as a model for the bigger one. You find it on the isle of the swans (ile des cygnes) by the bridge of Grenelle (pont de Grenelle).  You can see it on that picture.……

Another one is in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris France.  Click Here

Bartholdi had made a previous Statue of Liberty in 1870 obviously of less gigantic proportions so that makes three of them made by him.


Location Liberty Island
Manhattan New York U.S.
Coordinates 40°41′21″N 74°2′40″W
  • 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters)
  • Ground to torch: 305 feet 1 inch (9 meters)
Dedicated October 28 1886
Restored 1938 1984–1986 2011–2012
Sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Visitation 3.2 million (in 2009)
Structure Iron frame copper cladding

Standing at the entrance to New York harbor is a 151-foot statue of a woman holding a book and a torch on-high.  Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence.  Her American name is the ‘Statue of Liberty’ and she adorns not only New York’s harbor but also Swan Ally in the Seine and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.  Yes there are three Lady Liberties!   They are symbols of friendship freedom and peace between the US and France.  We [the US and France] have architect and sculptor Frèdèrick Auguste Batholdi to thank for this beautiful lady in more ways then one.



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