The Statue of Liberty

Why is the Statue of Liberty important?

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States.The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886

Historically, the Statue of Liberty is important because she was given to the U.S. by France to celebrate America’s first 100 years as a nation. It commemorates the alliance between France and the U.S. during the Revolutionary War.

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Lady Liberty’s classic stature, face, and attire come from the Roman goddess Libertas, who also represents freedom from tyranny and oppression. The crown is reminiscent of a halo and its spikes show similarities to those of the sun gods–the Roman Apollo, and the Greek Helios. She carries enlightenment to the world with the forever-lit torch and a tabula ansata (tablet) that has the date of the American Declaration of Independence inscribed in it (July 4, 1776). Along with tools, the ability to create fire is one of the skills that led to civilization as we know it. Fire is symbolic of knowledge and brings light to the people.

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