Fun Fact Friday: The Statue of Liberty

As you probably know, Lady Liberty was a gift from France to the US…but did you know that she has a 35 foot waistline?

The Statue of Liberty’s dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, October 28, 1886. She’s over 111 feet tall (not counting the pedestal), she is made of copper (the green is due to weathering), and she weighs 450,000 pounds. Her torch is plated with 24 carat gold, her copper exterior is 3/32 of an inch thick, and the rays on her crown reach 9 feet in length. She has 7 rays, one for each continent, and her tablet is over 23 feet tall.

The Statue of Liberty was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, with the assistance of Eiffel Tower designer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence.  She arrived in the US packed in 214 crates, and took 4 months to assemble.

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