Lady Liberty in New York
Today at DINKtravelers we will take you on a trip to the emblematic symbol of New York City: the Statue of Liberty. Meet this turquoise copper lady on a cruise through the bay of Liberty Island accompanied by a journey through history that surrounds this important statue.
How to arrive to the Statue of the Libery
The ferry that transports tourists from Battery Park, south of Manhattan, to the iconic Statue of Liberty gently sways through the waves, while visitors turn their eyes from time to time to the screens where videos are projected that relate the history of the monument. As the small vessel reaches its destination, some people take pictures of the imposing lady from the different angles the short trip offers; others, acting a little bit more skeptic, comment that the statue seems smaller in person than in Hollywood films, and in the meantime, a few others look sideways at the screens showing videos that tell the story of the monument. On the other hand, a few keen observers, DINKtravelers among them, contemplate it in silence, wondering how the experience of that slow but constant advance towards the statue’s pedestal resembles the feeling thousands of European immigrants must have had when seeing it for the first time as a symbol of their arrival to America.
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World
The French politician, Eduardo Laboulaye thought that France should offer a gift to the United States to commemorate the centenary of its independence, but also as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.
The French not only helped the Americans win their Independence from the British but also admired the growing nation whose democratic government established a breaking point before the European monarchies. Therefore, the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was asked to design “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”. French and American workers built it for a period of nine years. First the structure was made in France and later it was transported to New York where the pedestal was built. Finally the whole monument was assembled in New York and since October 28th 1886, date of the United States’ Declaration of Independence centenary, Lady Liberty stands serene, her piercing eyes facing Europe. The true name of the Statue of Liberty is "The Liberty Enlightening the World". It is one of the most famous monuments in New York, the United States and the world.
The Statue of Liberty as Mother of the Exiles
From 1886 to 1924, thousands of European immigrants embarked on a long and risky journey in search of a new beginning. Many perished on the way and not all the ships reached their destination. However, the people who got there, tired and fearful about their uncertain future, were able to spot in the distance, between shadows and clouds, a raised torch, symbol of hope. With time, the original meaning of the statue changed to “Mother of the Exiles” after uncountable immigrants saw her as a representation of a successful journey to the land they had dreamt of.
Information you Need to Know About the Statue of Liberty
For only 18 dollars, you can climb up to the crown of this lady of freedom through a spiral staircase located inside the metal structure.
Complement your tour by visiting the historic halls and galleries found in this area. Free audio equipment is available in different languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.
We recommend arriving early at Battery Park and planning your visit in advance as the last ferry between the two islands departs at 17:00 hrs in summer and 15:00 hrs the rest of the year.
Fun Facts About the Statue of Liberty
Author Emma Lazarus wrote the sonnet “The New Colossus” in 1883 and donated it to raise funds for the construction of the monument’s pedestal. In the text she expresses that the statue was a symbol of refuge for European immigrants.
Including the base, the statue is 305 feet (93 meters) tall –the same as a 22-story building.
The seven rays of the statue's crown symbolize the seven seas and the seven continents.
The book that the Statue of Liberty holds has the date of the United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, in Roman numerals.
Originally, Lady Liberty was brown since it’s made of copper, but oxidation caused by seawater turned it bluish-green.
Architect Gustave Eiffel, who later built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, built the interior.
Since 1984 it has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.