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New York City - Liberty Island - Lady Liberty 03 | by Daniel Mennerich
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New York City - Liberty Island - Lady Liberty 03

The Statue of Liberty ( or Liberty Enlightening the World, French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

 

The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

 

A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.

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Taken on July 15, 2012