The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a large monument located in Manhattan New York, United States. It was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage in 1984.

The statue is an icon that symbolizes the freedom, democracy, and hope of the American people. In addition, it is one of the most famous monuments in the world.

Statue of Liberty facts

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island south of Manhattan.

This historic monument is famous for representing the independence of the United States and was even considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The Statue of Liberty was built in copper, steel, and cement, in neoclassical style

The French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) and the engineer Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), who also worked on the Eiffel Tower project in Paris, designed the monument.

It was a gift from the French government to commemorate the centenary of the Declaration of the United States’ Independence in 1886.

Statue of Liberty is considered the most valuable gift from France to the United States. During the North American Revolution, France gave the United States the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of freedom for the oppressed.

The idea of ​​the French Republic giving a gift to American citizens came to the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in 1865 while having dinner in a French historian’s house.

Six years later, during a trip to New York, Frédéric discovered the perfect location for the statue: the island of Bedloe, which is known now as Liberty, in the upper part of the New York Bay, a visible place for all the ships that come to the port. He was 37 years old at the time.

Frédéric thought much to find the right materials to build a statue that resisted the weather and, lightweight to transport it by the sea, at the same time.

He inspired the idea of the Colossus of Rhodes, which was hollow, covered in bronze, he used thin sheets of copper.

It was completed in France, in July 1884. And inaugurated on October 28, 1886, in New York.

In 1924, the statue was declared as a national monument.

There are several replicas of the Statue of Liberty around the world in France, Japan, and Brazil

The Statue of Liberty weighs about 225 tons. So, it is considered the heaviest in the world.

It is currently the most iconic and visited tourist spot in New York.

Access to the site is by boats or rafts.

Each year, the Statue of Liberty receives 3 to 4 million visitors.

In the crown of the statue, there are 25 windows, which symbolize the jewels found in those lands. The seven rays of the crown represent the seven continents and the seven seas of the world.

There is an elevator takes visitors from the pedestal to the base of the statue, and from there 168 steps lead to the crown.

The Statue of Liberty tickets

All tickets for the Statue of Liberty include a ferry ride, which you can catch in Jersey City or New York, a priority entrance to the Screening Facility, access to the Liberty Island Gardens and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and an audio guide.

Prices change depending on the option chosen for your ticket. Each option offers different access to a part of the Statue of Liberty

Reservation ticket

It provides access to the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

It costs $ 18.50 for adults

$ 14 for seniors over 62

$ 9 for children ages 4 to 12.

Free children under 3.

Pedestal Reserve Ticket

It provides access to the Fort Wood section of the Statue of Liberty pedestal. The price is $ 18.50 for adults, $ 14 for seniors and $ 9 for children.

Crown Reserve Ticket

It provides access to the statue and pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The price is $ 21.50 for adults, $ 17 for seniors and $ 12 for children.

Statue of Liberty Height

The Statue of Liberty measures 92.99 meters with the pedestal. Only the statue stands 46.5 meters. Its size is equivalent to a building of 22 floors.

Statue of Liberty Pedestal

The pedestal is a raised structure located just below the statue and to get there it is necessary to climb 195 steps or use the elevator.

The experience on the pedestal is quite different from the regular ticket and provides an incredible view of Manhattan to take beautiful photos.

The Best Statue of Liberty Tours

There are three opportunities for visitation: crown, pedestal or just visit the island of the statue.

The Statue Cruises ferry takes about 20 minutes to reach Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located.

Enjoy the boat to enjoy the incredible look of Manhattan and take many photos.

If you decide to stay on the island, you will not have access to the Statue of Liberty, but you can still enjoy guided tours explaining the history of the island of Liberty and the statue.

The island is small you can walk easily. Enjoy it from all sides and take the classic photos at the foot of the statue.

Take the Statue Cruises ferry, which leaves every 30 minutes back to Manhattan.

You can visit the Liberty Island Museum, showing the ideas and the process behind the creation of the statue. The pedestal also offers panoramic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey, and the New York Harbor.

The Statue of Liberty has a staircase with 377 steps from the main lobby to the crown deck. If you decide to go to the crown, the climb can be very long, but the spectacular panoramic view of the city will be a rewarding experience.

You will also be able to see the original torch display.

In addition, all tickets give access to Ellis Island and the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, housing photographs, videos, and exhibits, explaining Ellis Island’s role in the history of immigration in America.

Liberty Island

Statue of Liberty Side View

The statue is located on the island of Liberty in the port of New York. Originally, the island was known as Bedloe Island. It was a military base and home to Fort Wood.

An old artillery bastion built of granite and whose foundations in the shape of an eleven-pointed star served as the base for the construction of the base of the statue.

The choice of land and its procurement required several steps. In 1887, the Congress of the United States gave approval for the construction of the statue.  General WT Sherman was appointed to designate the land where the monument would be built.

Liberty Island is very small, but it is a nice place to take a full turn, sit down a bit to enjoy the weather.

The snack bar has options of sandwiches, sushi, and salads ready, as well as freshly baked burgers and pizzas.

Statue of Liberty crown view

The tour to visit the crown of the Statue is very interesting, including the common access to the island, visit the pedestal and climb on top of the monument.

You have to climb 354 steps on a small, narrow spiral staircase. There are no elevators to climb on the crown.

In summer there are always little exit points on the way, where you can rest and take a breath.

The small windows of the crown look to the east, passing through the port of New York and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and then to the Atlantic.