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How Enormous Is the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty stands as a colossal beacon of freedom, towering at an impressive height of 305 feet from base to torch tip. Her outstretched arm alone measures 42 feet, inviting visitors worldwide to marvel at her grandeur. Imagine the stories she could tell! What does her size symbolize to you? Join us to uncover her towering significance.

Until you see her up close, you don’t realize how massive Lady Liberty really is. America’s symbol of freedom – a monument created by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, shipped to the U.S., and unveiled in 1886 – stands resolutely on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. She weighs 204 metric tons, but her copper skin is very thin, only about 1/16th of an inch.

One of Lady Liberty's most impressive measurements is her footwear. She’s anchored to the ground on 25-foot (7.6-m) sandals, which makes her shoe size a whopping 879.

Sizing up the Statue of Liberty:

  • Lady Liberty is a big girl, to be sure. She stands 111 feet (34 m) tall, and reaches 305 feet (93 meters) if you add in the height of her pedestal and torch – equivalent to a 22-story building.

  • The statue arrived from France in 350 pieces, packed into 214 crates aboard an ocean liner. When first assembled, Lady Liberty looked like a shiny penny. It took 20 years for her to acquire a greenish-blue patina.

  • It’s said that Bartholdi modeled the statue’s face after his own mother, Charlotte. Bartholdi’s wife posed for the arms and torso.

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    • The Statue of Liberty’s sandals are 25 feet (7.6 m) long, meaning that her shoe size is a women’s 879.
      By: vlad_g
      The Statue of Liberty’s sandals are 25 feet (7.6 m) long, meaning that her shoe size is a women’s 879.