Location: New York harbor, the United States of America.
Introduction: One of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Statue od Liberty overlooks
the New York harbor. Originally conceived as a gift from the French to the American people
to honor the 1876 centennial
celebration, the 46m-tall statue was unveiled in 1886.
Construction: The Statue of Liberty was originally called "Liberty Enlightening the
World". It symbolizes liberty in the form of a woman wearing flowing robes and a
spiked crown of seven spokes (symbolizing the seven oceans and the seven continents) who
holds a torch aloft in her right hand and carries in her left a book of law inscribed
"July 4, 1776". The broken chains, symbolizing the overthrow of tyranny, lie at
Originally conceived as a gesture of international friendship, the statue has become
global symbol of freedom.
The giant sculpture, designed by the French sculptor Frèdèric Bartholdi, was given by
France to the United States to commemorate the centennial of US independence and
Bartholdi`s intention was to honor the idea of liberty.