"The Statue Of Liberty" Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Tip by Paul2001

  Statue of Libery
by Paul2001

Today the Statue of Liberty is the image that pops into your mind when somebody mentions New York City. For millions of new Americans it was indeed the first manmade object that they saw upon arriving in their new country.
The statue itself was designed to commemorate the friendship between France and the United States. It was built by the French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi who began the project in 1875. The 151 foot high copper sculpture was completed in 1883 and then disassembled and shipped to the United States. There it was placed upon a pedestal located on Bedlsoe's Island(now Liberty Island) which was then occupied by Fort Wood. The statue was then dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886 when it was revealed to the American public for the first time from behind the tricoloured French flag. The Statue of Liberty now sits at 305 feet on top of this pedestal.
The Statue of Liberty is approached by a twenty minute ferry ride from Battery Park. This means that you have to what in a long line to get onto the Ferry. I had to wait about half an hour. I should not have gone on a Sunday.
It was possible to climb up the interior of the statue but access has been restricted since the World Trade Centre terrorists attack. If it does reopen then be prepared to wait a very long time to get to the crown. I decided it was not worth the trouble and took the next ferry to Ellis Island.

Address: In the Hudson River
Directions: Liberty Island, New York Harbour
Phone: 212-363-3200
Website: http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm

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  • Written Sep 11, 2003
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