The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States, given as a symbol of friendship and alliance between the two nations

The statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and was dedicated on October 28, 1886

The statue stands 305 feet tall from the base to the tip of the torch, making it one of the tallest statues in the world

The statue is made of copper sheets that are only 2.4 mm thick, and the framework is made of iron and steel

The statue was originally intended to be a lighthouse, but it was never used for that purpose

The statue's full name is "Liberty Enlightening the World."

The seven spikes on the statue's crown represent the seven seas and the seven continents of the world

The statue's torch was replaced in 1986 and now contains a gold-plated flame

The pedestal on which the statue stands was designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt and was constructed using granite from Connecticut and New York

The statue was closed to the public for several months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks but reopened in 2004 with increased security measures