The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island in New York harbor. It shows a woman standing on a pedestal holding a torch that represents liberty. It was a gift of friendship from France to the United States that is a symbol of freedom.
It rises 305 feet from the bottom of the pedestal to the top of the torch. She is the worlds tallest statue. It's formal name is Liberty Enlightening. It's nicknames are Lady Liberty, Mother of Exiles, and Colossus.
The outside of the statue is made out of copper 3/32 inches thick. The inside is made of a steel framework. The copper weighs 62,000 pounds. The steel frame weighs about 250,000 pounds.
The crown has 25 windows in it that stands for the 25 gemstones found on Earth. The seven spikes on the crown stand for the seven oceans and seven continents of the world.
Edouard de Laboulaye thought of the idea for the statue in 1865. It was complete in 1886. It cost about 600,000 dollars. The Statue of Liberty gets about 2 million visitors every year.
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