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10 Things You Didnt Know About the Statue of Liberty

Full Name is Liberty Enlightening the World

Full Name is Liberty Enlightening the World

While most people only know the statue as "Statue of Liberty," the full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. The name represents the country filled with possibilities, especially for the immigrants finding a new home in America. Most textbooks and other historical documents use the name Statue of Liberty.

Displayed at World's Fair in France in 1878

Displayed at World's Fair in France in 1878

A portion of the Statue of Liberty made a debut at the World's Fair in 1878. Although the statue's construction was still in progress, the head took its place at the large fair in Paris. Many different workers and designers finished the base in New York City while the fair was taking place.

The 7 Spikes on the Crown Represent 7 Oceans and 7 Continents

The 7 Spikes on the Crown Represent 7 Oceans and 7 Continents

Each spike represents a sea and a continent and each one is nearly 9 feet tall and weighs more than 150 pounds. Officials have removed the spikes in the past to replace their supports. Originally, designed to resemble a halo, also known as aureole, it ended up looking more like a crown.

Represents the Roman Goddess of Freedom

Represents the Roman Goddess of Freedom

The statue actually represents the Roman Goddess of Freedom. Frederic Bartholdi designed the statue of Libertas and used his mother as a model for some parts of the statue, including the face. The robe on the statue is similar to the robe that Libertas reportedly wore.

Made of Copper

Made of Copper

The Statue of Liberty is made of copper and at one time, it shined brightly like a penny. In time, the statue began to oxidize and form a green hue. The copper is very thin and covers the metal underneath. The copper's thickness in less than that of two pennies stacked together.

Tallest Structure Made from Iron

Tallest Structure Made from Iron

When the statue was finished in 1886, it held the record for the tallest structure in the world ever made from iron. While the outer layers of the statue is copper plated, the inside boasts an iron infrastructure for exceptional stability. Gustave Eiffel designed the inner metalwork.

Flame Changed Three Times

Flame Changed Three Times

Originally made from copper and gold, the first flame change took place with the addition of portholes to make it appear lit from the inside. This idea did not succeed, however, and designer added glass panels and copper framing. After this design failed as well, the original flame took its place back on the statue.

Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes

Each year, around 600 bolts of lightning hit the status each year and someone caught it on camera in 2010. While it is hard to see with the naked eye, the statue sways gently in high winds. Regardless of the environmental elements, the statue is durable enough remain standing and basically unharmed.

Home to Suicide Attempts

Home to Suicide Attempts

People have tried to commit suicide by jumping from the statue since its construction. Two people have actually succeed. The first death occurred in 1929 and the second took place three years later. Several other people have jumped and survived, though records do not indicate an exact number.

The Size

The Size

The Statue of Liberty is massive with the face alone standing more than eight feet tall. The tablet held in the left hand is 23 feet 7 inches tall and is 13 feet 7 inches wide. The waistline of the statue measures around 35 foot. The entire statue weighs an estimated 450,000 pounds.

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