She wears a size 879 shoe, sports a 35-foot waistline and is an all-American woman: the Statue of Liberty. Her full name, Liberty Enlightening the World, was inspired by the Roman goddess of liberty, Libertas. Lady Liberty was constructed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in France, where the statue was designed and created. On October 28, 1886, France's most lavish gift to America was dedicated at Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. Since finding its home in New York City, the monument has remained not only a stand-out among the city's incredible skyline, but served as a beacon of hope and welcome to hundreds of thousands of immigrants until the 1954 closing of Ellis Island.
But why did the French present this tremendous statue as a gift? How easy is it to gain entry for a tour? Check out the amazing history behind the Statue of Liberty with archival footage, fun facts and more.