Statue of Liberty

New York, New Jersey

Inscribed 1984

“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. Inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbor and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since. The statue endures as a highly potent symbol of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy, and opportunity. In addition, its design and construction were recognized at the time as one of the greatest technical achievements of the 19th century and hailed as a bridge between art and engineering.


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View from below on The Pedestal.

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The Statue reaches high into the sky in front of the Manhattan skyline.

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Aerial view of Liberty Island.

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Front-on view of the Statue of Liberty from a sea vessel.

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Thousands of visitors take the ferry from the mainland every day to tour the island.

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Map of Liberty Island.