The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic monuments in the world. The statue was a present from the people of France to the United States in 1886. Today the Statue of Liberty symbolises freedom.
Let us take look at the History of Statue of Liberty- in pictures
1) The hand of the Statue of Liberty pictured under construction in 1875. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi designed the colossal structure and Gustave Eiffel built its impressive metal framework.
2) Workers constructing the Statue of Liberty in Frédéric Bartholdi’s workshop in Paris, 1882.
3) The 305 ft tall structure towering over Paris outside Bartholdi’s workshop.
4) The head of the monument on display at the Paris World’s Fair in 1878.
5) Unpacking of the face of the monument which was delivered to the U.S. on June 17, 1885.
6) The monument arrives in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isère, 1885.
7) The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty. An event called ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’. President Grover Cleaveland presided over the event. Moreover, a military and naval salute commemorated the event. The picture below was taken at the New York Harbor, on October 28, 1886.
8) The statue pictured in its original copper colour.
9) The RMS Queen Mary passes by the Statue of Liberty after completing her maiden voyage to the United States.
10) Visitors pictured looking at the writings inside the crown of the statue, 1946. Visitors would often write on the inside to mark their visit to the monument.
11) Visitors pictured smiling from underneath the statue’s crown in 1946.
12) Renovations taking place at the monument, 1984.
13) The old flame and torch of the statue, it was badly damaged and beyond repair.
14) The new flame and torch of Lady Liberty, pictured in 1985.
15) Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan waving from the inside of the Statue of Liberty during its reopening ceremony, 1986.
16) The structure, with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in the background, 1986.
17) A thick smoke cloud descends in the background of the statue after the collapse of the Twin Towers, September 11, 2001
18) A tribute in lights shines behind the statue to mark the 6 month anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre.
19) The Statue of Liberty pictured after reopening on July 4, 2013, after it was closed due to Hurricane Sandy. Though the storm caused massive damage to the surrounding areas, the statue itself was unscathed.