History of the Statue of Liberty- in pictures

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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.

A picture of the construction of the hand of the Statue of Liberty
The statue’s hand under construction (Agence Papyrus)

2) Workers constructing the Statue of Liberty in Frédéric Bartholdi’s workshop in Paris, 1882.

A pictures of the workers constructing the Statue of Liberty
Workers constructing the Statue of Liberty (Albert Fernique/Library of Congress)

3) The 305 ft tall structure towering over Paris outside Bartholdi’s workshop.

A picture of the Statue of Liberty outside Barthodi's workshop
The Statue of Liberty outside Barthodi’s workshop (Agence Papyrus)

4) The head of the monument on display at the Paris World’s Fair in 1878.

A picture of the head of the monument on display at the Paris World's Fair
The head of the monument on display at the Paris World’s Fair

5) Unpacking of the face of the monument which was delivered to the U.S. on June 17, 1885.

A picture of the unpacking of the face of the monument
Unpacking of the face of the monument

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.

A picture of 'Liberty Enlightening the World'
Liberty Enlightening the World

8) The statue pictured in its original copper colour.

A picture of the statue in its original copper colour
The Statue 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.

A picture of RMS Queen Mary as she passes by the Statue of Liberty
RMS Queen Mary passes by the Statue of Liberty

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.

A picture of visitors looking at the writings inside the crown of Lady Liberty
Visitors look at the writings inside the crown of Lady Liberty

11) Visitors pictured smiling from underneath the statue’s crown in 1946.

A picture of visitors pictured smiling from underneath the statue of Liberty's crown
Visitors pictured smiling from underneath the statue’s crown

12) Renovations taking place at the monument, 1984.

A picture of renovations taking place at the monument
Renovations taking place at the monument

13) The old flame and torch of the statue, it was badly damaged and beyond repair.

A picture of the old flame and torch
The old flame and torch

14) The new flame and torch of Lady Liberty, pictured in 1985.

A picture of the new flame and torch
The new flame and torch

15) Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan waving from the inside of the Statue of Liberty during its reopening ceremony, 1986.

"A picture of Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan waving from the inside of the Statue
Nancy Reagan (in red), wife of President Ronald Reagan waving from the inside of the statue

16) The structure, with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in the background, 1986.

The monument pictured alongside the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre
The structure pictured alongside the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre

17) A thick smoke cloud descends in the background of the statue after the collapse of the Twin Towers, September 11, 2001

A picture of a thick smoke cloud as it descends in the background of the statue
A thick smoke cloud descends in the background of the statue

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.

A picture of the tribute in light behind the statue of Liberty
A tribute in lights shines behind the statue

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.

A piture of the Statue of Liberty
The statue of Liberty (Timothy Clary/Getty Images)

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