Standing proudly on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
So how much does the Statue Of Liberty weigh?
The Statue of Liberty weighs 450,000 pounds (204,116 kg) or 225 tons.
The copper that covers it weighs approximately 62,000 pounds (28,122 kg).
Such a heavy structure requires a solid foundation. The Statue of Liberty’s concrete foundation weighs 54 million pounds (24,493,988 kg)!
A tablet in one hand has the inscription “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776). This monument stands for freedom. It has been seen by millions of people entering and leaving New York City since 1886.
The statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and built by Richard Morris Hunt and Gustave Eiffel (who built the Eiffel Tower).
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States.
It was placed in its current location in 1886 and features Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Her main features include her enormous size, green coloring, 7-pointed crown with 25 windows, giant robe and large feet with sandals.
The Statue of Liberty consists of a large iron frame that is covered with copper. This copper has oxidized over the years, giving her its green appearance.
From the pedestal to the tip of her torch measures 305 feet, 1 inch. You need to climb 354 steps to get from the bottom to the crown.
The Statue of Liberty remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States. It’s estimated that up to 4.5 million people visit this iconic statue every year!
~ Fun Fact ~
When the Statue of Liberty was built in 1886, it was the tallest iron structure in the world and for 16 years was used as a lighthouse. Light originally shone from its torch, but today the torch is covered in 24 carat gold.
With all of the iron, copper and gold, the Statue of Liberty is often a target of lightning strikes. As many as 600 lightning bolts strike it every year!