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Statue Of Liberty - New York




(Remo)

Hi Folks!

Today, we would like to tell you something about the Statue Of Liberty in New York.

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he Statue of Liberty National Monument is reached by the Statue of Liberty Ferry that leaves every hour from Battery Park in lower Manhattan.



The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor has greeted generations of newcomers to the shores of the United States. Now a National Monument, this world-famous symbol of freedom was presented to the United States by France and was dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorating the alliance of the two nations during the American Revolution.

The 152-foot figure, raised on a 150- foot pedestal, is the work of Auguste Bartholdi. It underwent intensive renovation and reopened with a gala celebration on its 100th birthday on July 4, 1986. The torch has been rebuilt and is now open to the public.

Visitors can be carried by elevator for the first 10 stories, but must then climb the winding staircases the remainder of the way, about 12 stories. There are 2 museums located in the base of the Statue.

The Statue is open daily including holidays 9:30am-5pm. It is recommended that visitors arrive early in the day to purchase tickets in order to avoid long lines.

The Ferry operates in conjunction with the Statue's hours. Tickets for the ferry are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 17.

(Philipp)

Historical Notes:

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onstruction of the Statue began in France in the year 1875, by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi. The final completion date of the individual sections was in June of 1884, and it stood in Paris until it was dismantled in early 1885 for shipping to the US .Engineering of the structure's assembly was done by Gustave Eiffel, the builder of the Eiffel tower.

The French frigate 'Isere' transported the Statue from France to the United States. In transit the Statue was reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates.

(The pedestal was designed by architect Richard M.Hunt in 1877. Construction of the pedestal began in 1883 and was completed in 1884, and final assembly of the statue & pedestal was completed in 1886). The original Title of Statue is 'Liberty Enlightening the World'

The Method of Fabrication was the Repousse Process. Approximate fabric in Liberty's dress about 4,000 sq.yds.

On October 28, 1886 President Grover Cleveland accepted The Statue on behalf of the United States and said in part: 'we will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected'.

Later, the UNESCO, an UN-organisation for education (Erziehung), science and cultivation (Kultur), declare her for a worldcultivationheir (Weltkulturerbe).

Either we didn't find any information's about an unknown part of the statue of liberty, so we haven't any historical number's of it. What we mean is this part of the statue, which we find in Paris. The flame of the statue, or a copy, we don't know, is in there. It is a present of the Americans, thanking for the statue. We know of this flame because I/Phil was in Paris and saw it. The flame is at the "quai de grenelle", on the "place fernand forest", near the "Pont de Grenelle". I think nobody know where that is. (kurze Pause) Little help, this flame is there where Diana died. Today, this flame is full with photos of and messages for Diana and mean, unofficially, as Diana-memorial.

(Remo)

Physical Details:

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inds of 50 miles per hour cause the Statue to sway 3 inches (7.62 cm) and the torch to sway 5 inches (12.7 cm).

There are 25 windows in the crown which comprise the jewels beneath the seven rays of the diadem. The tablet which the Statue holds in her left hand reads, in Roman numerals, 'July 4, 1776' the day of America's independence from Britain. At her feet's are some broken chain's (Ketten), a symbol for the independence.

                                             Standard          Metric

  Height from base to torch                   151' 1'          46.50m

  Foundation of pedestal to torch             305' 1'          92.99m

  Heel to top of head                         111' 1'          33.86m

  Length of hand                               16' 5'           5.00m

  index finger                                  8' 0'           2.44m




  Circumference at second joint                 3' 6'           1.07m

  Size of fingernail                          13'x10'        13x25.4m

  Head from chin to cranium                    17' 3'           5.26m

  Head thickness from ear to ear               10' 0'           3.05m

  Distance across the eye                       2' 6'            .76m

  Length of nose                                4' 6'           l.48m

  Right arm length                             42' 0'          12.80m

  Right arm greatest thickness                 12' 0'           3.66m

 

(Philipp)

  Thickness of waist                           35' 0'          10.67m

  Width of mouth                                3' 0'            .91m

  Tablet, length                               23' 7'           7.19m

  Tablet, width                                13' 7'           4.14m

  Tablet, thickness                             2' 0'            .61m

  Height of granite pedestal                   89' 0'          27.13m

  Height of foundation                         65' 0'          19.81m

Weight of copper used in Statue - 200,000 pounds (100 tons)

Weight of steel used in Statue -  250,000 pounds (125 tons)

Total weight used in Statue -     450,000 pounds (225 tons)

Copper sheeting of Statue is 3/32 of an inch thick (2.37mm)

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e personally never have been to New York, so we know the Statue Of Liberty only of seeing pictures or reading stories.

We have this information's from different sources, for example the World Wide Web, so we don't know if these information's are completely correct. Thank you!

Finito










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