Standing at the entrance to New York harbor is a 151-foot statue of a woman holding a
book and a torch on-high.
"Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France
to the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence.
After Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi prefabricated the figure in Paris by molding sheets
of cooper over a stainless-steel framework, it was shipped to the United States in 241 crates in 1885.
Some of the money to erect the statue was contributed by American school children.
The sculptor intended his work to be an immense and impressive symbol of human liberty.
It was certainly that for millions of immigrants who came to America in the 19th century seeking freedom
and fulfillment of their dreams. It has continued to inspire people across the world, as in 1989 when the
Chinese students at Tianammen Square made a model of the Statue of Liberty to symbolize their revolution.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1986.
Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship
Ferry to America’s favorite symbol of freedom departs from South Ferry, at Battery Park. Seven days.
The Statue of Liberty's crown was closed to the public after the 9/11 attacks for safety and security reasons.
In spring 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that it would be opened for the next 2 years beginning on July 4, 2009.
In 2011 it it is planned to start a major renovation process.
Crown reservations are expected to sell out early during major holidays, however reservations for available dates can be made through the park's ferry concessioner,
Statue Cruises, see link further below.
Statue of Liberty