49. The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World

Most people don't know that the full name the Statue of Liberty is "The Statue of Enlightening the World". She is a symbol of , especially for many immigrants. When many immigrants came the United States in the late 1800s, Lady in New York Harbor was a sign to them that they had made it to America. the base of the statue there is a with a famous poem written on it. The is "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. Many feel this poem speaks to them the reasons came to America. One line of the poem : "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled yearning to breathe free". Lady Liberty was not green. She used to be copper colored, but years have caused the copper that the statue made of to change color.

The 151-foot tall was a 100th birthday gift from France to United States in 1886. It is located on Island right off the southern tip of Manhattan, York City. The only way to get there to take a ferry. Inside the base of statue is a museum. To get to the , people have to climb 377 steps up a spiral staircase from the feet of the statue. is no elevator. People need to be in shape to climb to the top. People used be able to climb up to the torch the statue, but it was shut down because was dangerous. It was too easy to fall .

About four million people visit the Statue of every year. People who can't go to New can see replicas in Las Vegas and other of the world.