The Statue Of Liberty

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The Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

HistoryThe work on the statue began in 1881 in France. The inside of the statue is designed by the same man that designed the Eiffeltower, Gustave Eiffel. The statue had to be broken into 350 pieces and put in 214 crates to be shipped to America. The journey across the Atlantic took 27 days. The Statue was completed in France in July, 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June of 1885. After that they started to build the pedestal. From the beginning the gift wasn't at all welcome, but it was accepted anyway after French pressure. In 1986 the old tourch from 1886 was replaced with a new one, which was covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.Through the years the statue also come to symbolize freedom and democracy.

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal sculpture located on the Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City. The Statue is designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and dedicated on October 28th in 1886. It was a gift from the French people, as a symbol to celebrate the 100 year memory of the USA's independence. The Statue is 46 meters high, and from ground to torch it’s 93 meters high. It weighs around 204 tons. The crown of the statue has 25 windows and seven spikes. It's made of copperplate. The Statue of Liberty is one of New York's and America's hallmarks and is visited annually by millions of tourists. The female figure of the statue representing Libertas and the Roman goddess of freedom. The Statue is standing on broken shackles which symbolizes oppression and tyranny. The Statue of Liberty has been on the Unesco World Heritage List since 1984.

Jumps from the statueThere's been a couple of different jumps from the statue over the years. The first suicide took place on May 13th in 1929. There was a man who crawled out of one of the windows of the crown and ''slipped'' out.In 1912 and 2001, there have also been two parachute jumps from the statue. Thierry Devaux, who jumped in 2001, failed and got stuck in the tourch of the statue.

The opening ceremonyThe statue was inaugurated in 1886. It was around a million people who watched the ceremony. The opening ceremony was one of the biggest spectacles in a long time in New York, and left a deep impression on the American people. One hundred years later it was time to celebrate the one hundred anniversary of The Statue of Liberty. It was a four-day celebration.

''Not to a man, not to a nation, the statue was raised. It was raised to an idea- an idea greater than France or the United States: the idea of Liberty'' -Jean Jules Jusserand


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