The Statue of Liberty, also called Lady Liberty, stands tall on Liberty Island, located in New York City's harbor. Millions of emigrants have looked up to her as she welcomed them to their new home. This global symbol represents freedom and the hope of a better life. There are many fascinating Statue of Liberty facts.
The Statue of Liberty was designed by three architects: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Richard Morris Hunt and Gustave Eiffel who would later design the Eiffel Tower. Construction started in 1875, and she was officially unveiled on Oct. 28, 1886 as a gift from France to the United States.
From the ground up the statue might not appear tall compared to other New York City buildings, but the lady is enormous.
Other Statue of Liberty facts
Not so well known Statue of Liberty facts are:
The Statue of Liberty inspired Emma Lazarus' famous poem called "The New Colossus." Lazarus wrote the sonnet to raise money for the building base. Her poem, which continues to resonate with people around the world, is engraved on a plaque inside the statue. The most famous part of the poem is the final section:
...'Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'