The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in the middle of the New York City. The Statue of Liberty, formerly known as "Liberty Enlightening the World", represents a woman who has escaping the chains of oppression, her right hand holds a torch that is a representation of liberty, additionally, the seven rays of her crown symbolize the seven continents and seven seas of the globe. Liberty has become; after the flag; one of the most famous American symbols for Freedom and Democracy around the world.
This towering monument to liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France on the centenary of American Independence. It is a masterpiece by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bertholdi, in collaboration with Maurice Koechlin and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. Its construction took hundreds of workers working 7 days a week, 10 hours a day during 9 years.
The statue is 151 feet (46 meters) tall, but with the pedestal and foundation, it is 305 feet (93 meters) tall, her index finger is 8 feet long; her hands are almost 17-feet wide. The monument was finished in July, 1884, and then shipped from France to New York divided in 350 pieces in 214 crates and then re-assembled and completed on October 28, 1886.
The Statue of Liberty was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. Lady Liberty has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
You can visit the statue taking the ferry to Liberty Island from Battery Park at the downtown tip of Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in New Jersey. All of the excursions include a free trip to nearby Ellis Island with its National Immigration Museum. Liberty Island and Ellis Island are open for visitation every day between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm except on Christmas.
Due to security reasons, visitors cannot enter the statue itself, but they can tour the esplanade at the base of the statue and enter the observatory inside the base and look up into the engineering behind the monument. The Statue of Liberty exhibit traces the history and symbolism of the Statue through artifacts, photographs, prints, videos and oral histories. Visitors are strongly advised to wear comfortable shoes
Tickets can be purchased at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park or at the Railroad Terminal Building and Museum in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side. Visitors without tickets can still visit Liberty Island. Cheap flights to New York.
If you cannot visit Liberty Island by ferry, you can still take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, the ride takes you across New York harbour; it is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline