Statue of Liberty

Dan Hill
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A gift from the people of France to the people of the USA to celebrate their independence, the Union victory in the civil war and the abolition of slavery, the Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the United States. Conceived by Édouard René de Laboulaye, it was his hope that the people of France would also be motivated by the symbolism, and rise up against the ruling monarchy in a push for democracy. Thought to have been conceived in 1865, it was finally dedicated in 1886. While France gifted the statue itself, America was responsible for finding a suitable location (formerly known as Bedloe's Island), and building the pedestal to hold this 46 metres giant built from 27.2 tonnes of smelted copper. The copper itself is a mere 2.4mm thick, and it covers 113 tonnes of steel. Located close to Ellis Island - the Federal immigration entry point in use from 1892, the statue was a welcoming sign for immigrants arriving from Europe. The statue itself is of the Roman goddess of Liberty: Libertas. The shackles lying broken at her feet celebrate the abolition of slavery, and in her left hand she holds a tablet inscribed with the date of American independence in 1776: July 4th. Upon approaching the island by ferry you'll get some great photo opportunities of the statue itself - perhaps even better than on the island. Upon docking, the National Park Service (who run the island) provides a guided tour via their Rangers. This complements the excellent free audio tour - and both services provided within the cost of the ferry ticket. Entry to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National museum is free - however getting there is not. Only one vendor is permitted to drop passengers at the islands - Statue Cruises - and tickets must be obtained directly from them (ignore all non-authorised street vendors who overcharge, and sell fake tickets). For tickets, see: Children under 3 are free on the ferry, but ages 4-12 cost $9. The ferry departs from both Castle Clinton in Battery Park (NYC) and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Arrive in plenty of time! Note: CROWN ACCESS at the Statue of Liberty costs an additional $3. Photo Credits: 1. Photo by Andy MacMillan on Unsplash 2. Photo by Avi Werde on Unsplash
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  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY 10004, USA
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    Seniors 14.00 USD
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