The Statue of Liberty is such an iconic landmark, it really does not need any introduction. We took a ferry to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island to visit.
The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbour. The copper statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor and was built by Gustave Eiffel. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. A smaller version of the statue stands on a small island on the River Seine in Paris.
The statue is of a Libertas, the Roman goddess who bears a torch and a a tablet. The date on the tablet is 4 July, 1776 which the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet.
She stands 93m from the base of the pedestal to the tip of her torch. The actual statue stands 46m alone.
For great photos of the Statue of Liberty, here are some options:
- catch a Circle Line Harbor Cruise
- Take a helicopter tour
- catch the Staten Island Ferry
- grab some distance photos from Battery Park
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