Reflecting On Freedom and How to Visit Statue of Liberty

A visit to the Statue of Liberty is an iconic US experience and one of the most popular things to do in New York City for good reason. In 1865, a French political intellectual and anti-slavery activist named Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that a statue representing liberty be built for the United States.

Who designed the Statue of Liberty?

It was created by French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who supported Laboulaye’s idea and in 1870 began designing the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World.” 

How tall is the Statue of Liberty?

The statue is 151 ft tall, and the REAL name of Lady Liberty is Liberty Enlightening the World. It was seen to be a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

What is the Statue of Liberty made of?

This colossal copper statue is full of symbolism and hope and I loved learning the story and what this lady represents on the State of Liberty tour. She’s there to enlighten the world with truth and justice.

During World War I and II, Liberty began to symbolize what the soldiers were fighting for, and it replaced Uncle Sam after WWII as the symbol for the USA. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and over 4 million people visit a year to acknowledge the special and unique value it represents to people around the world.

How to Visit Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty National Monument is part of the National Parks Service. You can do a Statue of Liberty Cruise and see the Statue without going onto the island. You can even see it for free on the Staten Island Ferry.