The Statue of Liberty, the symbol of hope and freedom, is an iconic sculpture. It stands tall and proud in New York City, representing the freedom for people all over the world. It welcomed the immigrants to the US since it was opened in the year 1886. You must be aware that this statue was a gift from France, but there’s so much more to know about the Statue of Liberty. So we bring you some amazing facts about the Statue of Liberty. Read on and tell these facts to your kids; we are sure your kids will love listening to you talking about the Statue of Liberty.
Interesting Facts and Information About the Statue of Liberty for Children
Here is some exciting Statue of Liberty information for elementary students. We know you can’t wait to learn more about the Statue of Liberty.
- The Statue of Liberty was designed by the French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built with the help of tons of workers. It took nine years to build this statue, and it was presented to America in the year 1886. It was given in honour of their success at abolishing slavery and creating a democracy.
- Richard Morris, an American architect, designed Lady Liberty’s pedestal and built it in the year 1885.
- The height of the Statue of Liberty from her heel to top is 111 feet, 6 inches. The Statue of Liberty is one of the tallest statues in the world. The overall height of the statue (i.e., from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches.
- The Americans and the French worked together to build this statue. The base was built by the Americans, while the French took charge of building her body.
- The designer of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel, help build the skeleton of the statue.
- The full name of The Statue of Livery is “Liberty Enlightening the World.” In French, it is “La Liberté Éclairant le Monde”.
- The Statue of Liberty faces south-east. It was placed facing south-east so that she can welcome the ships sailing into the harbour.
- In order to ship the statue from France to America, it was separated into 350 pieces which were packed in 214 crates, and transported to America in a French ship called Isere.
- It took four months to reassemble the pieces of the Statue of Liberty on the Liberty Island.
- The name of the Statue of Liberty island is Liberty Island, which is in New York Harbor.
- Earlier the name of the Liberty Island was Bedloe Island, but in 1956, the name was changed to Liberty Island. Later, Ellis Island was also declared a part of it.
- The Statue of Liberty’s torch is made of copper, which was then plated with 24k gold. This is why it is not the same colour as the rest of the statue.
- The Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons!
- The statue of Liberty was inspired by the Roman goddess called Libertas. She represents freedom from tyranny and oppression. The fire in her torch is said to be a symbol representing enlightenment. So, Lady Liberty carries enlightenment to the world.
- “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” is inscribed on the tablet in the left hand of Lady Liberty. It’s the date (i.e, July 4, 1776) of the signing of the declaration of independence.
- The French started building the Statue of Liberty in September 1875. Eleven years later, on 28 October 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated to the American people. It was not until 1924, however, that it was declared a national monument.
- Inside the Statue of Liberty, there are 354 steps that lead to the crown.
- The Statue of Liberty is made of copper. It’s light green colour is due to the natural weathering of the copper.
- Lady Liberty has Morton’s Toe. This is a condition where the second toe is longer than the big toe.
- When the winds are high, the Statue of Liberty’s body moves about three inches, and her torch moves about five inches.
- There have been estimates that 600 lightning bolts hit the Statue of Liberty each year.
- The Statue of Liberty was used as a lighthouse for about 16 years.
- Lady Liberty’s shoe size is 879. And at the feet of the statue are the broken shackles that represent freedom from oppression and tyranny.
- The Statue of Liberty is worth about 150 million dollars.
- While building the Statue of Liberty, about 300 types of hammers were used for the different shapes of the statue.
These are some interesting and exciting facts about the Statue of Liberty that you may not have heard before. We hope you enjoyed reading these facts. Read these facts to your children and enhance his knowledge. And if you know some more amazing facts about the Statue of Liberty, share them with us in the comments section!