The Statue of Liberty is one of the most renowned American icons in existence. Created in a neoclassical style, the colossal sculpture stands in the middle of New York Harbor on Liberty Island. However, owing to its popularity, it has also become overcrowded and many people decide to skip the tour to the Statue of Liberty and just glimpse it from afar. However, there are plenty of good reasons to visit the attraction.
It is a top tourist attraction in New York
For a tourist visiting New York, not visiting the Statue of Liberty is virtually a sin. Not only is Lady Liberty a prominent part of the city’s skyline, it is also the global symbol for the Big Apple. The monument doesn’t really have a lot of history associated to it though its associated with New York has made it a symbol of America in pop culture and the vibrant, melting pot culture of New York as well.
It is a world heritage site
The well documented history of the Statue of Liberty stated that the statue was a gift from the people of France to the United States. The statue depicts Roman goddess of freedom Libertas who holds a tablet evoking the law and a torch. The statue was designed by artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and has been a part of the New York harbor since 1886 though it was only declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984.
It is an icon welcoming immigrants
While America continues to become increasingly antipathy to immigrants arriving in the country, the fact remains that the nation is comprised almost entirely of immigrants arriving from other lands. The Statue of Liberty is an icon that celebrates the welcoming of immigrants into the US.