Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is possibly the most famous, and iconic Landmark in New York City, and one of the most representing symbols of the United States. The Statue was gifted to the Americans by the French people to celebrate and honor the Independence. Over the years, and still today, the Statue of Liberty has been worldwide recognized as the ultimate symbol of Freedom.
History of the Statue Liberty:
The Statue was designed by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It’s speculated that the sculptor was inspired by the ideas of a French law professor, and politician, a Mr. René de Laboulaye, who around the year 1865 claimed that to properly honor American Independence, there should have been a monument that showcased the union between the American and French People. The Professor might have been inspired to speak those words for the victory of the Union during the American Civil War and the consequent end of Slavery. The Statue was entirely constructed in France and later shipped to the States unassembled; on June 17th, 1885, the Statue arrived in New York Harbor welcomed by much anticipation and even a naval parade. It was placed in storage for a year, while the Pedestal construction was completed (due to lack of funds it took a year to build the Pedestal), and finally in 1886, it was assembled and located on top of the pedestal in what was then called Bedloe’s Island. On October 28th 1886, to celebrate the completion of the Statue of Liberty, New York City celebrated the event with its first ticker-tape parade in which even the President at the time, President Grover Cleveland, presided. Over 1 million New Yorkers turn-out for this event.
Statue of Liberty: Landmark in New York City
What it represents:
The Statue represents a robed Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, holding a Torch and a “tabula ansata”, a tablet with the law, where the official date of the American Declaration of Independence is inscribed: July 4, 1776; at her feet a broken chain, possibly representing liberty from tyranny and servitude. [The Independence date is actually written in Roman numerals, and it reads July IV MDCCLXXVI.] Inside the statue’s pedestal, there is a bronze tablet carrying the words of Emma Lazarus’ famous poem “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” meant as a welcoming message to the immigrants.
Visit the Statue of Liberty
For years, the Statue of Liberty has welcomed immigrants coming to America in hope for a better life and a new start; it’s by far one of the most symbolic Landmarks of these United States both home and abroad. When visiting New York, a stop by the Statue is a Must.
Liberty and Ellis Island
You can spend a day visiting both Liberty Island and the neighboring Ellis Island; you will “immerse” yourself in the American History. Both Liberty Island and Ellis Island are part of the National Park System; there is only one way to reach them, and it’s by taking the official ferry that leaves from Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan or Liberty Park in NJ. Please consider that especially during the summer months, Ferry Tickets sell out days if not weeks in advance; you should plan your visit accordingly. In 2009, the Crown was reopened, allowing a limited number of visitors to climb the Statue to the top. Please note that admission to the Crown must be purchased separately and in addition to the Ferry Ticket; due to the limited number of Crown Tickets available daily, and the extremely high number of requests, the Crown Admissions sell out even months in advance!
How to visit Liberty and Ellis Island
There are many ways you can include a visit to the Statue of Liberty into your activities, you can add the actual Ferry Ticket to the City Tour, so you can spend 1 full day discovering all Manhattan with a stop at Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If you are on the run, there are many Cruises in the New York Harbor, from 1 to 3-hour long, that will allow you to get closer to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island to snap incredible pictures! Last but not least, the Helicopter Tours: seeing the Statue of Liberty from the Air is quite breathtaking!From 31.00 USD
Circle Line Statue of Liberty RideFrom 309.00 USD
Complete Helicopter Ride New York, New York 20-MinuteFrom 193.00 USD
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