Interesting Facts about the Statue of Liberty

image001Interesting Facts about the Statue of Liberty

(AKA… Liberty Enlightening the World)

  • The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
  • It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.
  • Edouard de Laboulaye provided the idea for the statue, while Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed it.
  • The statue’s face was said to be modeled on the sculptor’s mother, Charlotte.
  • The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
  • She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).
  • From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 meters, and weighs 204 metric tones.
  • Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.
  • She has a 35-foot waistline
  • Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the statue’s crown.
  • There are 25 windows in the crown.
  • Approximately 4m people visit the statue each year.
  • The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.
  • The statue’s most famous cinematic appearance was in the 1968 film “Planet of the Apes” where it is seen half buried in sand.
  • It is also destroyed in the films “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow”.
  • In high winds of 50mph Lady Liberty can sway by up to 3 inches, while her torch can move 5 inches.
  • Lady Liberty is thought to have been hit by around 600 bolts of lightning every year since she was built. A photographer captured this for the first time in 2010.
  • There are various replicas of the statue, including a smaller version in Paris, and one on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.

 

 

Have a wonderful 4th of July celebration with your friends and family!

 

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