Five incredible facts about the Statue of Liberty: what you should know about the US national monument

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SSPDaily has prepared five facts about the Statue of Liberty, a US national monument and a symbol of freedom, democracy, and justice.

From red to green

The statue was built from thin sheets of copper that were minted in wooden molds. The formed sheets were then mounted on a steel frame.

The statue originally had a reddish-brown hue, reminiscent of the American penny. Over 200 years, it gradually changed due to the reaction of copper with air. The Statue of Liberty has acquired an amazing shade of greenish-blue patina and a unique look.

Majestic proportions

The statue, erected in 1886, has an impressive height of 93 meters from the ground to the tip of the torch and weighs 225 tons. Lady Liberty is wearing size 879 sandals and has a waist circumference of 11 meters.

In order to climb the crown, it is necessary to overcome 356 steps or 192 steps to the top of the pedestal. The crown offers visitors a breathtaking view through 25 windows. They symbolize shining earthly gems and heavenly rays illuminating the world.

An exceptional gift from a mother

The concept and design of the Statue of Liberty was developed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It is noteworthy that the inspiration for the stern but beautiful face of the statue was his mother Charlotte. This firmly established his status as an exemplary son.

The way to the United States

The Statue of Liberty was unveiled by the US Ambassador to France on July 4, 1884. However, the statue's journey was to be disassembled into 350 pieces, packed in 214 crates, and shipped to the United States in 1885 for reassembly. Unexpectedly, the transatlantic voyage was extended by a week due to a near-catastrophic storm that threatened the ship carrying the statue.

The historic torch

Originally available to the public, the torch was damaged by German saboteurs during the Black Tom explosion in 1916. It was restored in 1986. However, the original torch, destroyed by corrosion, reminds us of the story at the main entrance of the statue. Instead of the old torch, a new one, decorated with 24-carat gold, flaunts on its crown.

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