Sunday, July 5, 2009
Statue of Liberty Crown to reopen on Fourth of July
Liberty Enlightening the World
After the terrorist attacks on 11th September 2001, its crown was closed for security reasons.
On 4th July 2009, tourists will be able to climb once again 168 steps for a breathtaking view of New York harbour, from more than 250 ft (76,2 m) above the ground.
Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi,the copper statue was a gift from the people of France to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and as a sign of friendship between the two countries. Being 151 ft (46 m) tall, it was shipped in 350 pieces aboard a frigate and reassembled on an island in New York harbour.
Being one of America's most beloved and recognizable symbols across the world, the monument was declared a Unesco heritage site in 1984.