Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (real name: Liberty Enlightening the World) is a statue presented to the United States by the French people on 28 October 1886, on the occasion of the centenary of US independence. The Statue of Liberty became a symbol of freedom and of the unlimited opportunities open to newcomers, and later a symbol of the United States and of democracy. The statue is 46.5 m high, with a base of 46.9 m, made of copper with steel supports.
The statue stands on Liberty Island near New York City. The statue depicts a woman with a stola and a crown with seven spikes representing the seven seas and continents. In her left hand, the woman holds a tablet close to her body, which reads JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (4 July 1776), and in her right hand she holds a raised torch. The Statue of Liberty was designed by the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and the architect Richard Morris, and the interior frame by the engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel.
It was begun in 1876 and completed in 1884. The Statue of Liberty and the island were declared a national park in 1924. In 1972, the American Immigration Museum was built on the base of the pedestal, with an elevator and observation decks. The Statue of Liberty was restored in 1986. World Heritage Site (since 1984).