The iconic Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The copper statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
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