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The Statue of Liberty, a neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, is an icon of freedom and of the United States. Designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886, the statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

The statue depicts a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet displaying the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

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10 Fun Facts about the Statue of Liberty:

 The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous and beloved landmarks in the world. People travel for miles to see this lady who owns her own island. The grandeur of the statue may be impressive but it is the stories behind this lady that make her so interesting, here are 10 fun facts I bet you didn’t know.

1. Her spiky hat is symbolic. Yes, each of the seven spikes on her crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world. This is said to represent the universal concept of liberty. It’s not only about fashion!

2. She is actually French. Her head even spent some time in Paris at the World’s Fair before it was given as a gift to celebrate the centenary of the American revolution and the friendship among the two countries.

3. The statue served as a lighthouse. If you were thinking she has no use and is just a big hunk of metal, think again, she actually served as a lighthouse, guiding ships and sailors home after a long trip on the ocean.

4. Her head isn’t on properly! In 1982, people discovered that the head had actually been installed 2 feet off center. Woopsie!

5. Nobody is allowed in the torch. In 1916 the statue suffered minor damages from the Germans and nobody has been allowed to go into the torch since.

6. Lightning doesn’t strike twice, does it? It is thought that the Statue has actually been struck 600 times by lightning… what would you expect from a huge monument made of metal?

7. She escaped her chains. Although you can not see, at the statues feet there are broken shackles symbolizing the country moving forward from oppression and slavery. She is also moving her right foot towards a new, free era.

8. Why is she green? The statue is green because of the oxidation of copper. It’s not paint! The metal is slightly damaged and corroded.

9. Measurements. The girl isn’t exactly slim, with a waistline of 35 foot and a size 879 shoe, she really is on the larger side. Big is beautiful!

10. She’s also a Hollywood star. The statue has been destroyed in Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and more, and has been a feature in many other films.