The French had given this beautiful and world-famous monument designed by them in 1880s, to America as a mark of close international relations and friendship, and for the independence of America.  There is no one in the world that doesn’t know where the Statue of Liberty is, and it attracts thousands of people from all over the world, towering majestically in New York Harbor, New York City.

Frederic Bartholdi, a sculptor, has drawn inspiration from the immense size of the Suez Canal and the huge lighthouse that helped bring boats in. He designed the Statue of Liberty to look like the Roman goddess of Liberty in the beautifully majestic and flowing robes and he did justice to the statue in more ways than one.  But the face of the statue was created keeping in mind the stern face of Bartholdi’s mother who he was very close to.

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Initially, the status was created for an Egyptian project, but when that did not come through, Bartholdi pitched it to the United States government who were keen on the idea and thus began the work on the Statue of Liberty.

The construction of the statue was no mean task and took almost three years to complete in France. Bartholdi at first worked on a small bronze model to get the right feel. Once that was finalized, then the actual work on the main statue began. It took a lot of patience to achieve accuracy and plaster casts had to be created to make sure bronze was poured efficiently. The pieces were then forged with top-quality French quarry copper. The pieces in their fragmented form were shipped to the United States in 1885, where they were assembled at the place of pride where the status is situated at the present.

But not everything about the project was smooth. Finance was a major issue and different segments of people had their apprehensions about placing a giant French statue in the American harbor.  This doubt made it even more difficult to get money out of people as there needed to be trust for them to shell out huge sums of money.  However, the money was slowly collected and the pedestal for the statue was completed in 1886.  Then the bronze fragmented pieces that were shipped from France were assembled in about four months.

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The painstaking effort that went into the creation of the Statue of Liberty is considered the world over as more than worth its weight in gold.  The status is looked at respectably and with admiration by locals as well as tourists from different parts of the world.  It has now become omnipresent in New York and no talk about New York is complete without mention of this beautiful and majestic statue.

We have seen it in movies, books and children read about it in their school books when very young.  But the initial bronze structure has had its share of abuse in the hands of time and now it is almost green in color. It was in 1986, the original torch had to be replaced to ensure the statue remains beautiful and not umkempt.  It acted as a lighthouse for many years, but after a major explosion damaged the torch, it was closed to tourists.  Over a hundred years old, the Statue of Liberty continues to stand as an icon of hope for people from different nations, who visit the United States.

The Statue of LibertyDevjeetTour GuideThe French had given this beautiful and world-famous monument designed by them in 1880s, to America as a mark of close international relations and friendship, and for the independence of America.  There is no one in the world that doesn’t know where the Statue of Liberty is, and it...