Currently, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable architectural structures in the world. Even those who are not yet lucky enough to see this miracle live can admire it from TV screens, via the Internet (via online cameras), see it in textbooks, in books and even purchase it in stores as souvenir figurines.
How the Statue of Liberty appeared
The Statue of Liberty is a national landmark and one of the main symbols of the United States of America. This monument was donated to the United States by the French people who support the Americans in their struggle for independence. According to the architects' ideas, the Statue of Liberty is positioned as a symbol of democracy and independence.
The idea of creating this architectural structure appeared in 1865 and belongs to a Frenchman named Edouard de Laboulaye. To put this idea into practice, he was helped by a then unknown sculptor named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. As a result, it was conceived to design a huge lighthouse in the form of a woman holding a torch in her right outstretched hand. According to the idea, it is the torch that illuminates the way for the sailors heading to the New York port.
This monument-lighthouse was designed and built by the famous Gustave Eiffel (the author of the Eiffel Tower in Paris). The result is a steel frame with a weight of 125 tons and a height of 93 meters along with a pedestal. The lighthouse is built in such a way that inside the statue you can freely move and climb the stairs to the most important observation deck located in the crown. By the way, the lighthouse has already been restored several times: modern lighting elements (laser illumination) have been added to it.
Where is the Statue of Liberty
It was erected on Bedlow Island (Liberty Island) in New York. The opening of this architectural landmark took place in 1886, accompanied by cannon shots, fireworks and a siren. Since then, the legendary Statue of Liberty has welcomed ships entering the port of New York every day and welcomes tourists from different parts of the world. By the way, the full name of this monument sounds like this: "Freedom that illuminates the world." Currently, there is the very first model of the Statue of Liberty, which can be seen in Paris near the famous Eiffel Tower.
Why the Statue of Liberty stands in New York
The fact is that the place for the future lighthouse was chosen by the sculptor Bartholdi himself. It was he who decided that the future pedestal should stand on Bedlow Island (Liberty Island), located 3 kilometers from the southern border of Manhattan. The sculptor assured that this place is the best solution in the location of a woman with a torch, who from day to day will meet ships heading for New York and illuminate their way. According to Bartholdi, it is Freedom Island that allows you to bring the original idea to life to the fullest.
According to some reports, the Statue of Liberty was originally intended to be erected in Port Said, located in the Suez Canal, which, in turn, connects the two seas - the Red and the Mediterranean. However, this project was not implemented, and it was decided to erect the future lighthouse in the United States.