Statue of Liberty


Liberty Enlightening the World (1886- ), better known since 1924 as the Statue of Liberty, also called Lady Liberty, is a huge green statue of Libertas, a Roman goddess, that stands in New York harbour. With chains of slavery and tyranny broken at her feet, she holds up a torch lighting the way to liberty.

  • Location: 40.689 N, 74.044 W, on Liberty Island (formerly known as Bedloe’s Island), 1 km south of Ellis Island.
  • Orientation: faces south-east
  • Height: 93 metres (305 feet)
  • Shoe size: 879 (US)
  • Colour: copper, started turning green in 1900, mostly green by the 1930s, all green by the 1960s.
  • Inspired by:
    • the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and
    • the freeing of US slaves.
  • Visitors: 4 million a year

The electrically-lit torch used to be a wonder, but now we take it…

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