The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the New World, is located on the island of liberty or Liberty Island in New York Bay.
Americans received this magnificent statue from the French in 1885, in celebration of 100 years of independence. The giant statue was disassembled into 350 parts, then packed in 214 crates and shipped by boat to New York. The designer of the statue was Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. The famous sculptor also created the statue of the Marquis Lafayette for city of New York, which is now located on Union Square. The internal frame for the Statue of Liberty was designed by the famous Gustav Eiffel.
The statue represents a young woman in a dress and robe, who in her right hand is holding a torch. In her left hand she holds a book, tabula ansata, upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom, “July IV MDCCLXXVI” i.e. July 4, 1776. The woman is wearing a crown with seven spikes. Each spike symbolizes one of the world’s seas.
Visitors can buy grounds only, pedestal or crown tickets. It is recommended to make reservations in advance by visiting the website. It’s a very unique experience to go inside the crown for wonderful views on New York City and Hudson River. Another way to enjoy the magnificent monument and the city skyline is by taking the Staten Island ferry. It can be boarded at Whitehall Terminal (4 Whitehall Street New York NY 10004)