The Statue of Liberty is without a shadow of a doubt the pride of the United States of America. The statue is the undisputed universal symbol of democracy and freedom. There is a very interesting history behind this masterpiece and let’s try to uncover all the facts regarding this one of a kind statue situated in the middle of a tiny island in New York city’s harbor.
The Statue of Liberty was designed by famous French sculptor Frederick Auguste Bartholdi. The statue was a gift to the people of the US from their counterparts in France. The statue was gifted to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the US in the year 1876. However, the statue was completed and dedicated to the residents of the US only on October 28 1886.
The Liberty stands at a height of a staggering 151 feet or 46 meters. This statue depicts a woman in a stola along with a radiant crown around her head and sandals on her feet and carrying a torch in her raised right hand along with a tabula ansata on her left arm, which has actually the date of American Independence inscribed on it as JULY IV MDCCLXXVI.
The statue stands on an island, which was christened as Liberty Island on the New York harbor area. The statue is best described as one which welcomes its visitors or returning Americans or immigrants traveling via ship. Usually all travelers, sailing the waters of the Atlantic realize they are near to the city of New York as they can view the Liberty from a far away distance, way beyond the borders of the US and once they sight the Liberty, they actually start preparing to align as their destination is almost there.
The statue of Liberty is without a shadow of a doubt an engineering masterpiece. The structure has been designed in a unique manner to withstand the heavy winds blowing across the sea. The winds blowing at 50 miles per hour and above result in the statue being swayed some 3 inches and the torch also sways some 5 inches. This feature is very important to the health of the statue as it allows the statue to move rather than break down owing to the high wind conditions, which are a very common feature in this part of the world.
Over the years the Liberty has not undergone major structural changes and this only goes to the highlight the marvelous work done by Bartholdi and his dedicated team of professionals. The only major change to the structure is its torch, which was replaced in the year 1986, exactly 100 years after it was opened to the public. The old torch is now housed in the lobby museum of the monument. The reason behind this change was attributed to the fact the old torch had reached a stage, which was beyond repair, mainly due to the major modifications done to it in 1916.
The new torch is not ordinary either, it is an engineering marvel and comprises of a gold plated exterior, which looks stunning when illuminated by the huge spotlights in and around the Liberty.
In the current day, visitors are allowed to travel to the island and view the statue from close range and trust me it only looks even more spectacular from close range. You can make use of the Statue Cruises Ferries, which operate from New Jersey’s Liberty State Park or from Battery Park from Manhattan. These excursions also include a freebee, which is a visit to the Immigration.
Museum on the nearby island of Ellis
Both Liberty and Ellis Islands are open throughout the year for visitors, except Christmas Day. The islands can be visited between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Tickets towards the trip can be purchased at Liberty State Park’s Railroad Terminal Building and Museum or Battery Park’s Castle Clinton.
Once you have reached the statue, it looks quite awesome and once you are there, you cannot straightaway enter the statue. You are allowed to tour the boulevard in and around the statue and later enter the observatory in the base and view the statue’s inner body. A very important fact one needs to keep in mind is, there are limited tickets available and hence in order to avoid last minute disappointments it is recommended you reserve your tickets well in advance.
The ticket to the Liberty Island comes with some freebies as well and this is in the form of a free trip to the nearby National Immigration Museum, housed on the world famous Ellis Island. This island has a very rich history, which only goes to prove the importance of the island during the eras gone by. Ellis Island used to serve as the immigration clearance center for millions and millions of travelers who were either visitors or returning Americans from foreign countries.
The region in and around the Statue of Liberty is a tourism hotspot. Another popular attraction here is the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry departs from the eastern area of the Battery Park, which is very near to the Liberty ferry block.
You need to take this ferry as not only does one view the statue of Liberty from amazing angles, you can also experience spectacular view of the entire New York skyline and the best part of this remarkable ferry journey is this one hour trip comes for free.
Listed below are some of the questions which may be on your mind.
How do I travel to the statue of Liberty?
There are two international airports in close vicinity to the Statue of Liberty. They are JFK International Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport. Once you have set foot on US soil traveling to the Battery Park ferry or New Jersey’s Liberty State Park is not a tedious task at all. Once at the ferry, you only need reserved tickets to reach the Liberty Island.
However, the only thing one needs to keep in mind here is you need to reserve your tickets well in advance as there are very limited stocks available and booking at the last minute, you are in for serous disappointments.
Where do I stay during my holiday in New York?
The area in and around New York boasts of some of the very best accommodation facilities at affordable rates as well. Some of popular landmarks of the area are The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, Hyatt Regency Jersey City, Millenium Hilton New York Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel New York City, Wall Street Hotel, Candlewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel Jersey City and The Wall Street Inn.
When is the best time of the year to visit New York and the Statue of Liberty?
The best time of the year to visit the city of New York and the Statue of Liberty is during the months of May through July. The months of May and June are probably the best possible months of the year for you to visit and the month of July sees the Independence Day celebrations on 4 July and being part of New York city has its own advantages.
After the month of July, the place tends to get very crowded, besides the weather also tends to be on the hotter side. Hence, you should avoid the place after the months of July.
In conclusion, a visit to New York’s Statue of Liberty is a dream come true for most of us and given a chance, I’m sure we will go all out to make our visit all the more memorable. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most, if not the most visited places in the entire globe. The main reason regarding the rise in popularity of this masterpiece can be attributed to the fact to it being part of the US. The US is the superpower and its visitors, be it domestic or the foreign visitors have no fear while in the US.
The US has the highest security standards and unlike the other popular hotspots of the world, where there may be security lapses, this is not the case in the US as the security is definitely full-proof and can be trusted.
As a result of one being assured of a secure holiday, you can be assured of the security of your loved ones. So, what are you waiting for, just go ahead and plan that all important trip to the spectacular Statue of Liberty.