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Statue of Liberty,New York
Facts about Statue of Liberty
Location: New York Harbor
How to Reach: Nearest Subway Stations are 4/5 to Bowling Green; N/R to Whitehall Street; 1 to South Ferry. Follow signs to Castle Clinton and take a Ferry from there.
Entry Fee: Entry to the Liberty Island is free but you have to pay the ferry prices.
Ferry Cruise Tickets: $12
Children (4 — 12): $5
Children under three: Free
Nearest airport: John F. Kennedy Internaitonal Airport, New York
For migrants coming from all over the world, and natives returning home, the towering figure of Liberty Enlightening the world was the first sight of the American shores as they approached the country from the New York harbor! For them, and many more, it was not only a great monument, Lady Liberty was the very symbol of democracy, of independence, and everything else that the great American dream stood for. For years, the Stature of Liberty standing on the New York Harbor has developed as the most enduring icon of American Life.
The copper-clad statue, remembering the centenary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, was offered as a gift to the United States by the people of France in 1886.
France appointed sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi to make the structure for the Statue of Liberty with the idea of having the statue in place in America for the Centennial year of 1876. Bartholdi would create the Statue with the help of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of Eiffel Tower. Eiffel would build the iron framework to hold it up. President Grover Cleveland agreed to take the Statue in the name of the American people on October 28, 1886, 10 years after the Centennial of the Revolution.
- Physical attributes: To witness the interior of the statue, you would arrive by the ferry. Then you could climb the circular single-file stairs inside the metallic statue. From here you will get a majestic view of New York Harbor through 25 windows.
There are all total 354 steps inside the statue and its pedestal, with 25 windows in the crown comprising the jewels beneath the 7 rays of the diadem. The tablet which is held in her left hand shows, in Roman numerals, “July 4, 1776”, the day of the acceptance of the Declaration of Independence.
- Inscription: The interior of the pedestal features a bronze plaque which is engraved with the sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus:
- The Torch exhibit: Including the original 1886 torch, there is an exhibition on the history of the torch and flame on the 2nd floor.
Things to do
You will enjoy the fascinating boat ride, called the Circle Line ferry. The journey starts from the Battery Park to reach the Liberty Island. To reach the top of the statue, you have to climb or take an elevator to the liberty's crown. Several guided tours are conducted by the National Park Service.
Apart from them, you will enjoy the experience of shopping at various souvenir shops which are to be found here.
A trip to New York will not be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty tour, in part or as a complete package tour, is well worth and it will provide the visitor a valuable lesson about American history and a memorable experience they will never forget.