Travel with us today to New York (Statue of Liberty)
1. The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
2. It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.
3. The head of the statue was displayed at the World's Fair in Paris in 1878.
4. The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
5. She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). 6. From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 metres, and weighs 204 metric tonnes.
7. Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.
8. She has a 35-foot waistline
9. Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the statue’s crown.
10. There are 25 windows in the crown.
11. Approximately 4.5m people visited the statue in 2016. By way of comparison, around 7m people visit The Eiffel Tower each year, and 3.75m visit The London Eye.
12. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.
13. The statue has an iron infrastructure and copper exterior which has turned green due to oxidation. Although it’s a sign of damage, the patina (green coating) also acts as a form of protection from further deterioration.
14. Edouard de Laboulaye provided the idea for the statue, while Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed it.