10 (surprising) things you didn’t know about the Statue of Liberty

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New York’s famous Statue of Liberty also has a ‘little sister’, and more than you knew about this iconic landmark.

The Statue of Liberty has been seen in countless movies and referenced in several books. Standing proud with a lit torch, the Statue of Liberty has a seasoned past while welcoming visitors to the Land of Liberty. For tourists and locals alike, Lady Liberty is a statue that represents freedom. A trip to the Big Apple is not complete without visiting one of the world’s most popular landmarks!

While visiting the statue, random facts will bombard the average tourist. However, here are a few unusual things about the statue that many travelers may not be familiar with. Take a look at these surprising facts about New York’s most iconic tourist attraction!

ten She was a gift from France

The origins date back to the 18th century when Édouard René de Laboulaye proposed to erect a monument dedicated to the unity of France and the United States. The iconic statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. He wanted to design a statue that represented “American freedom”. The statue was completed in 1886, in celebration of the abolition of slavery and the end of the Civil War.

9 The Statue of Liberty was modeled after a goddess.

Specifically, she was inspired by the Roman goddess Libertas, the goddess of freedom. For the ancient Romans, Libertas was a symbol of freedom and independence, which granted freedom to the oppressed, men and women.


8 It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

According to the WHO, Lady Liberty has outstanding universal value, which represents the human spirit and the friendship between French and American citizens. The Statue of Liberty is believed to symbolize virtuous values ​​such as liberty, human rights, and democracy.

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seven Its intricate design is full of symbolism

While Lady Liberty herself represents freedom, her clothes and accessories are also pieces of symbolism. For example, visitors will notice the chains that wrap around his feet, which represent the abolition of slavery. Its mighty crown is a symbol of the sun’s rays, extending to all corners of the world. Meanwhile, the tablet she is holding reads “July 4, 1776” in Roman numerals, the date on which the Americans gained independence.


6 Lady Liberty’s torch is an upgrade from the original

The creator of the statue, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, wanted the torch on the statue to shine brightly during the day by using copper foil, which would appear brilliant under the sun. The torch has been constantly modified throughout the century. In the 1980s, experts deduced that Bartholdi’s original design cannot be restored. Since then, Lady Liberty’s torch has been replaced by glass. Meanwhile, his original torch is on display at the Statue of Liberty Museum for all to see.


5 There is a team of experts dedicated to catering

Centuries of bad weather, rain, snow and other climatic conditions can wear away a statue in its original state. Fortunately, since 1982 the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) has employed thousands of laborers and experts to restore Lady Liberty to its former glory. Since their enthronement, SOLEIF has replaced the torch of the statue, strengthened the spokes of the crown and installed new elevators at the foot of the statue. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the beauty of Lady Liberty while educating visitors about her history.


4 She has a little sister!

Nicknamed “Little Sister,” this 9-foot, 1,000-pound statue stands in front of the home of the French Ambassador to DC. This statue – which is 16th time smaller as the original – is loaned to the Americans by France for 10 years, which signifies the relations between the two nations. The statue was shipped by boat and was presented on Independence Day in 2021.

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3 Replicas are all over the world

Its powerful symbolism of human freedom makes the Statue of Liberty worthy of reproduction. All over the world, replicas of much smaller statues of Lady Liberty across the world. In Canada, smaller statues representing the original 300-foot statue can be seen in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Steinbach, Manitoba. Meanwhile, in Brazil, visitors can spot a replica of Lady Liberty in downtown New York City in Rio de Janeiro and in Maceio, Alagoas.


2 She was originally brown (not green)

The statue’s iconic green hues were unintentional when it was first unveiled in 1886 (in fact, it was a penny-like bronze). In just 5 years, it has taken on a green-blue color, thanks to science! The statue is made using hundreds of copper sheets; naturally, due to exposure to oxygen, water and carbon dioxide over time, copper has developed oxidized patina layers. Many travelers can agree, its iconic green hue suits it perfectly!


1 Lady Liberty is made of two-cent thick copper.

Standing proudly 305 feet tall, the Statue of Liberty was made with 31 tons of copper and 125 tons of steel. The sheet of copper used to build the statue is only 2.4 millimeters thick, the same thickness as two US cents stuck together. The statue can sway if it catches winds that move at 80 km / h!

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