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The Statue of Liberty: An Expression of Freedom

For almost 120 years, the Statue of Liberty has stood with pride at Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Until 1956, the island was called Bedloe’s Island, but now it is popularly called Liberty Island. The 120th birthday of the Monument will be celebrated on October 28, 2006. The title of the Statue is: “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

During the American Revolution, people from France gave this statue to the United States as a symbol of the friendship that the two countries started and as a gift honoring the first centennial of the United States. The Statue of Liberty was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the internal supporting structure of the Statue was engineered by Gustave Eiffel, the man that designed the Eiffel Tower.

The 151-foot woman that holds a book and raises a torch is known as Lady Liberty; the tablet that represents the book has the following inscription: JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July, 1776, date of adoption of the Declaration of Independence) and the seven spikes of the crown symbolize the seven continents. The height of the Statue from the ground up to the top of the torch is of 90 meters (305 feet including the pedestal and the foundation). The statue itself (from the base to the top of the torch) has a height of 46 meters (151 feet). You can visit the museum located in the pedestal; it can be accessed by elevator and shows the history of the Statue. A spiral stairway located inside the Statue takes you to the observation deck in the crown. An Information Center is located on Liberty Island.

The Statue of Liberty inspires all the country and all the people that visit it; this Statue is a symbol of liberty and democracy in the whole world.

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