The Statue of Liberty Tavel Guide

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  • The Statue of Liberty Tavel Guide

The Statue of Liberty is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad. It is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. As an American icon, the Statue of Liberty has been depicted on the country's coinage and stamps. The Libertarian Party of the United States also uses the statue in its emblem.

In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown.