1. “Liberty Enlightening the World” is the full name of the statue.

  2. In 1886, France given it to America as a gift.

  3. In 1878, the head of the statue was displayed at the World’s Fair in Paris.

  4. The robed female figure represents the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas.

  5. A torch and tablet she is holding represents the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).

  6. The statue measures 93 metres, and weighs 204 metric tonnes from the ground to the top of the torch.

  7. Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.

  8. To reach the statue’s crown, visitors have to climb 354 stairs. Nearly 25 windows in the crown.

  9. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.

  10. The statue has an iron infrastructure and copper exterior which has turned green due to oxidation.

  11. The idea for the statue is provided by Edouard de Laboulaye and it was designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi.

  12. A great monument should be given as a gift from France to the United States as a celebration of both the union’s victory in the American Revolution and the abolition of slavery which was proposed by Laboulaye.

  13. The statue’s face was modelled on the sculptor’s mother, Charlotte.

  14. In 1984, a new copper torch covered in 24k gold leaf was replaced instead of the statue’s original torch.

  15. During the second half of the 19th century, the Statue of Liberty became the symbol of immigration.

  16. In 1968, the statue’s cinematic appearance was showed in the film “Planet of the Apes” where it is seen half buried in sand. Also, it is destroyed in the films “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow”.

  17. The statue was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  18. Lady Liberty can move by up to 3 inches and her torch can move 5 inches during high winds of 50mph.

  19. Two people have committed suicide by jumping off the statue, one in 1929 and the other in 1932, while many others have jumped and survived.

  20. The island in which it stands was previously called Bedloe Island, but its name was changed in 1956 to Liberty Island.

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