Oct 12, 2021
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Interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty

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Hello dear readers. The famous Statue of Liberty, located in New York in the United States, is to America what the Eiffel Tower in Paris is to France. This is a symbol of the United States of America, without which it is simply impossible to imagine the United States. Did you know that this statue is not actually from the United States, but from France? And this is not all that this majestic structure can surprise with.

Today we have collected for you the most interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty.

# 1

In fact, the Statue of Liberty is a gift from the French to the United States of America. The statue was donated by France to the United States in 1886 to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The most famous sculptors and architects were engaged in the design of the statue. For example, the “steel frame” was created by Gustave Eiffel, who created the famous Eiffel Tower. And the famous sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was the projector of this incredible architectural structure. Its construction began in 1875 and was completed in 11 years.

# 2

It was not always greenish. Initially, when the French donated it to the United States, it was copper-colored, as it was completely sheathed with copper sheets. But after 20 years, copper oxidized and acquired a greenish tint. Initially, the authorities even planned to repaint it, but later they abandoned this idea, since the American people were against it and assured that this would only spoil the symbol of America.

No. 3

Looking at its impressive size, the question arises, how was it transported from France to the United States. In fact, she was transported in parts. In total, 350 parts were sent to the island of Liberty, which on arrival were assembled into a single statue. The pedestal itself was not delivered, it was built by the Americans.

No. 4

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In fact, the Statue of Liberty is dotted with symbolism. For example, her crown on her head with seven rays represents the seven continents and seas. The torch represents enlightenment, and the plaque in the other hand that reads JULY IV MDCCLXXVI is the official Independence Day of the United States.

She also faces southeast, deliberately to welcome immigrants on ships arriving in the United States.

No. 5

Today we can see its edited version. In 1984, the authorities decided to repair it, as rust and holes appeared on its hull. The best specialists were involved to work with the monument: engineers, scientists, statesmen. Reconstruction work lasted from 1984 to 1986. The torch was removed and replaced with another, new one, with a fire sheathed in gold.

# 6

Until Hurricane Sandy in 2012, people lived on Liberty Island. It was the Luchsinger family. David Luchsinger was a caretaker, so he lived with his wife in a brick house located on the opposite side of the statue. Unfortunately, the house was badly damaged during the hurricane, which forced David and his wife to leave the island. The Luchsinger family is considered the last official inhabitants of Liberty Island.

# 7

Until 1916, everyone could get to the observation deck located in the torch of the Statue of Liberty. But in 1916 it was closed. The thing is that in 1916 a German spy carried out a sabotage on the pier that connected Black Tom Island with Jersey City. An ammunition depot was located on Black Tom Island. The Germans were outraged that America helped Great Britain during the First World War, so they decided to express their displeasure in this way.

When the explosion occurred, the torch was damaged by shrapnel. The observation deck was immediately closed. But even after the torch was changed to a new one and the site was repaired, access to it was not opened.

No. 8

From 1886 (that is, from the moment of its opening) and until 1902, it served not only as a symbol of deliverance from slavery, but also served as an active beacon. A power plant on Liberty Island produced energy for light, which was used in a torch for illumination. The light from the torch could be seen at a distance of 38 km.

No. 9

If you want to see the Statue of Liberty, then you don’t have to go to America. The thing is that similar statues can be found in Paris. There are as many as 4 of them. The most famous is the statue located at the Pont de Grenelle bridge. This statue was presented to the French by the Americans in 1889, in response to a gift from the original.

No. 10

She is a symbol of the deliverance of the peoples of the whole world from slavery. Therefore, if you look closely at its base, you will notice that there are broken shackles at her feet.

Also, if you look at her legs, it becomes clear that she is not standing in one place. She is, as it were, “on the way.” Her right leg takes a step.

No. 11

As we noted earlier, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was involved in its design. There is evidence that when creating it, he took as a basis his previous project, intended for Egypt. In the 1860s, he was working on a statue of a lighthouse called “Egypt Bringing Light to Asia”, which should have been completed by the time the waterway connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Seas was opened. But the project developed by Bartholdi was rejected by the Egyptian government. However, Bartholdi himself has always denied that the Statue of Liberty is a copy of his previous work.

No. 12

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At first glance, it seems that this is a very solid construction. In fact, this is not the case. Firstly, it consists of a steel frame, which is sheathed with a rather thin layer of copper. Secondly, in a strong wind, it begins to sway.

No. 13

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb and phonograph, once suggested placing a giant gramophone in it so that it could “speak.” However, this idea was not supported by the authorities.

No. 14

Besides her main name, she has many other names. Namely Lady Liberty, Aunt Liberty, Green Goddess, Harbor Master and Liberty Mother.

No. 15

It is huge. The height of the woman herself is 34 meters. If we take into account the pedestal and her outstretched arm with a torch, then the height will be 93 meters. This is equivalent to a building with 22 floors.

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