The statue of liberty Enlightening the world was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States on the centenary of American independence id 1886 and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue in collaboration with French engineer Gustave Eiffel.
Its a hollow colossus composed of thinly pounded copper sheets over a steel framework. The statue is 151 feet, 1 inch tall and was the tallest structure in the U.S. at the time it was built.
Visitors climb 354 steps (22 stories) to look out from 25 windows in the crown. They are strongly advised to wear comfortable shoes suitable for climbing small metal steps. The seven rays in the crown represent the Earth’s seven seas.