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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island can be a rich and rewarding experience. Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

For more information or to make reservations, contact The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., 212-561-4500

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry: Boats leave from Battery Park, Manhattan and from Liberty State Park, New Jersey. They run about every 30 to 45 minutes starting at 9:00 a.m. (ferry schedules are subject to change).

Ferryboat Information (212) 269-5755

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"We are the keepers of the flame of liberty; we hold it high for the world to see." - President Ronald Reagan

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The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the U.S. worldwide.

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The height from ground to the top of the torch is 305 feet (93 m); this includes the foundation and the pedestal.

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The statue was built from thin copper plates (thickness is approx. two pennies) hammered into wooden forms through a process known as repoussé.

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On February 18, 1879, Bartholdi was granted a design patent, U.S. Patent D11023, on "a statue representing Liberty enlightening the world, the same consisting, essentially, of the draped female figure, with one arm upraised, bearing a torch, and while the other holds an inscribed tablet, and having upon the head a diadem, substantially as set forth.

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The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York harbor, about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) southwest of the southern tip of Manhattan.

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The statue of Liberty sitting on top of her pedestal. She is the largest copper statue in the world. Here she is seen with Manhatten in the Distance.

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The statue weighs 204 tons and the pedestal weighs 24,500 tons.

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The Statue's copper has naturally oxidized to form its familiar "patina" green coating. This patina is as thick, in many places, as the copper behind it and is protecting the copper from naturally wearing away.

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Rumor has it that that the famous sewing machine inventor,Isaac Singer, wife Isabella Eugenie (Boyer) Singer was model for the Statue of Liberty.

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A seagull on Liberty Island.

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A new torch replaced the original, which was deemed beyond repair because of the extensive 1916 modifications.

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Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, USA, analyzed the samples of copper the Statue of Liberty and concluded that the metal most likely comes from Norway.

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The seven spikes in the crown represent the seven seas and seven continents.

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The face of Liberty.

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