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14 Incredible Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty Being Constructed In Paris

Lady Liberty’s first home was a Parisian neighborhood.

Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty:

• The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States, as a symbol of friendship.

• Lady Liberty was sculpted by artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

• The statue was originally called Liberty Enlightening the World.

• Alexandre Gustave Eiffel served as the structural engineer.

• Construction on the statue began in 1875, in Paris, and was completed in 1884.

• The statue arrived (disassembled) in New York Harbor in June of 1885

• The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

• The height of the statue, from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch, is 305 feet, 6 inches.

• The thickness of the exterior copper covering is 3/32 of an inch (slightly less than the thickness of two pennies).

• There are seven rays on her crown; they represent the seven continents.

• It took almost 30 years for the Statue of Liberty to change from copper brown to its now iconic greenish-blue patina.

• One symbolic feature that people cannot see (due to the height of the pedestal ) is the statue’s feet surrounded with broken shackles, it symbolizes Lady Liberty’s freedom from oppression and control.

Facts via: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and National Geographic

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Men at work on the construction of the Statue of Liberty.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Workers hammering sheets of copper used for the exterior covering.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

View of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Workers shaping sheets of copper.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

The head of the Statue of Liberty on display at the Paris World’s Fair, 1878.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty, of which the head is shown at left.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, showing the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding, the head and torch at its feet.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

View of the external area of the workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty, and a group of men gathered in front of the left foot of the statue.

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Albert Fernique / New York Public Library

Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.

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The Statue of Liberty completely built in the courtyard of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s studio in Paris.

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