8 Fascinating Facts About The Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. Learn more about one of NYC's top tourist attractions!


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The Statue of Liberty used to have a reddish brown color.

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Although you cannot see Lady Liberty’s feet clearly she is in fact standing among a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot raised, depicting her moving forward away from oppression and slavery.

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In high winds of 50mph Lady Liberty can sway by up to 3 inches, while her torch can move 5 inches.

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3.2 million people visit the Statue of Liberty every year.

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The 7 spikes on the Statue of Liberty's crown represent the 7 oceans and the 7 continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.

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There's a family that lives on Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty.

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Two people have committed suicide by jumping off the Statue of Liberty, one in 1929 and the other in 1932, while many others have jumped and survived.

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In the 1980s, the Statue of Liberty was found to suffer galvanic corrosion, meaning it had turned into a giant battery due to its paint and metal being exposed to salt water.