10 incredible facts about the Statue of Liberty
As we know, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous and well-known monuments in New York, the United States and finally the world. In addition to this, this statue became a symbol mainly for the United States, which praises freedom and in a certain aspect independence. Did you know these incredible data about her?
1) His real name is not just 'Statue of Liberty'
Although this monument is quickly known by that name, its real name is '' Liberty Enlightening the World '' which in Spanish would mean '' Freedom illuminating the world ''.
2) The statue was not intended for NY, but for another city. OMG!
When this statue was created, the plans of its location were far from New York, and in turn were focused on another place very far from this, Egypt.
That's right, the creator Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi had thought of this creation to place it in the Suez Canal, which joins the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea.
Similarly, Egypt did not like this idea because they considered the statue a bit 'outdated' for the place, so that over the years it would become a gift from the French to the Americans in the year 1886 to commemorate the centenary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States and as a sign of friendship between the two nations.
3) Your current torch is covered in gold
This happened in 1984, when the statue was changed what would become its original torch for a bronze covered in 24k gold, which is what the statue has to this day.
4) The statue with the passing of the years changed color
At present, this great monument is of a color similar to aqua blue, but this was not always the case ...
Originally, it had a coppery red color but over the years the rust has done its job and has been embedded in the Statue of Liberty, due to the saltpeter and other components, which has been giving this greenish color little by little that he currently owns.
5) What do the tips mean in your crown?
In total, in its crown has 7 points, which would come to represent the 7 continents and the 7 seas that our world has.
This in another sense would also come to mean universality and absolute freedom.
6) The creator of the Eiffel Tower helped with his creation
The internal structure of the statue was designed by the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who was also the creator of a star project that we now call the Eiffel Tower, located in Paris.
7) The Statue of Liberty was a beacon
Actually, this was the initial idea of Auguste Bartholdi since he imagined his great lady, and in 1886 this was fulfilled, the statue became a beacon.
However, the characteristics of this and the location were not optimal, in addition to the light was not visible enough for a great performance, so in 1902 the statue returned to its original state of sculpture.
8) On it fall at least 600 rays per year
As you read, about this statue annually and on average about 600 rays fall, which gives a lot to say about the great resistance of this giant creation.
9) Its cost was about 10 million dollars
For its time, to be able to carry out this construction needed at least the use of 500,000 dollars, which at today's rate would come to mean about 10 million US dollars.
10) The Statue of Liberty has had enough company
For a long time on the island where the statue is located there were some neighbors, although there were never many.
Despite this, since 2014 Miss Lady Liberty lives alone, as her last inhabitant, the official and home of the statue David Luchsinger, retired after four years living with his wife in a small building.
However, the statue does not feel very lonely since every year it receives around 4 million tourists who visit it and get to know it.