Designed in Paris by Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel, the Statue of Liberty, completed in 1886, was a gift to the United States from France to mark the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence.
The statue was shipped to the New World in 350 pieces and reassembled on site. Since then, this representation of the Roman goddess Libertas was often the first thing that those arriving by boat saw upon their arrival in New York, a symbol of the American dream and the hope of a better future. The statue itself measures 46.05 metres and reaches 93 metres, counting its base. The statue is much smaller than we imagine, however, especially in comparison to the mammoth skyscrapers not far away.
The statue and its base can be visited from the inside. The 354 steps of the spiral staircase will lead you up to the observatory located on the 10th floor, with a view of Manhattan through the 24 windows of Lady Liberty's crown. Be sure to get tickets in advance, as no tickets can be purchased on site.
Statue of Liberty
New York, NY 11231