A little history
Once called Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty sits on its own island in Upper New York Bay. From its pedestal the statue stands at 305-feet tall, making it hard to miss as you fly into the city!
The statue was first suggested by French historian Edouard de Laboulaye in 1865, and soon after the French people sent funds for its creation. The framework for the Statue of Liberty was designed by Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower!). Large coppers sheets were then hand-hammered into shape and laid over the frame to create the iconic figure we know today.
In 1855 Lady Liberty was taken apart in France and started her journey to America, where she’s stood proudly since, earning a place as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.