The Statue of Liberty
One of the World Heritage Sites located in the United States would be the Statue of Liberty. Located on the Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York, it stands at 151 feet and 1 inch high. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886, sculpted by Frederic Aguste Bartholdi, but the idea of it came from a distinguished Frenchman, Laboulaye. In modern day translation, Laboulaye had stated that “If someone wants to build a statue for the United States in order to celebrate and honor their independence and freedom, I believe that we should be the ones to help them out.”
The Statue of Liberty is a statue of a woman wearing a robe, has broken chains at the base, a torch that is always lit in her right hand, and a tablet in her left. The chains at the base of the statue represent the breaking of oppression and tyranny. The torch and the tablet signify the law and on this tablet there is the inscribed date of the American Declaration of Independence. The statue ultimately represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
There are many interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty such as how
1) When the statue was finally built in 1886, it was considered as one of the tallest iron structures to ever be built
2) The Statue of Liberty actually sways from side to side approximately 3 inches during high winds
3) Laboulaye, who provided the idea of the statue, had hoped that the gift would inspire the French to as well fight for their freedom
4) Americans view the statue as such a significance of freedom that during the September 11 attacks, it safe guarded the statue and closed it down
5) In 1984, the Statue of Liberty was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site under the first and fourth criteria
Visiting the Statue of Liberty personally last summer, I had a very significant sense of pride of being an American citizen. I believe that it does have a sense of the idea of freedom not only to myself as an American citizen but to immigrants as well. One of the greatest experience I had was having the experience of climbing the 354 steps to get to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. This World Heritage site not only has historic meaning but it has a sense of American pride as well as hope for all for the possibility of protection and freedom.
Below is a link for facts and history about the Statue of Liberty