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Statue of Liberty

Erected in 1916 on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. It was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886 as a gift to the United States from the people of France. Featuring a robed Roman goddess of freedom who bears a torch and a tabula ansata inscribed with the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, the statue has become an icon of freedom of the world.

At the 125 year anniversary celebration on October 28, 2011, steaming video cameras will be installed for the first time to allow anyone in the world to obtain a birds-eye view of the Hudson River and New York skyline from the top of the statue’s giant torch.

The statue was closed only once since 1916 for non-maintenance reasons after the September 11 attacks in 2001. It reopened its pedestal portion in 2004 and the statue in 2009.

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