10 Fun Facts about the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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You know this lady. She stands in New York Harbor, and she welcomes people to our country. We call her the Statue of Liberty, or sometimes Lady Liberty, and if you are an ESL student, you have something in common with her. She’s not originally from the United States either! She came from France!

Are you surprised? Here are 10 more things you might not know about the Statue of Liberty.

  1. Her full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
  2. She holds a torch in her right hand and a tablet in her left hand. The tablet has July 4, 1776 inscribed (written) on it. That was the day when Americans declared their independence from Great Britain.
  3. She is wearing a robe to look like Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
  4. The statue is 128 years old.
  5. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue, but the idea for it came from Edouard de Laboulaye. Laboulaye also suggested that France give the statue to the United States as a gift.
  6. The statue has an iron frame, but the outside is copper. When it was new, the statue was a golden-brown, copper color (like a penny), but over time, she turned green.
  7. Her shoe size is 879.
  8. From the feet to the top of the torch, the statue is 305 feet (93 meters) tall.
  9. The statue is hit by lightning about 600 times each year.
  10. It cost $500,000 to build the statue in 1886. In today’s money, that would be more than 10 million dollars!

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