28 October 2011
Last updated at 18:10
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor is an enduring symbol of America and is seen as an image of hope and freedom across the world. The statue was given to the US by the people of France in recognition of the friendship between the two nations forged during the American revolution. It was dedicated 125 years ago Friday.
The statue, officially named Liberty Enlightening the World, was commissioned in 1876 and designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was built by more than 60 men over a 10 year period.
Pieces of the statue were displayed in Paris before it was shipped to the US.
The statue is such an iconic symbol of America that its image has been co-opted for anti-US propaganda, such as this mural on the former US embassy in Tehran, Iran.
The copper statue and its iron skeleton have undergone repeated renovations in the past century. Between 1984 and 1986, it was restored at a cost of $87m (£54m).
The statue stands on Liberty Island off lower Manhattan, and it became part of the iconography of the 11 September 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center.
The statue faces away from Manhattan into the harbour, greeting immigrants who steamed into nearby Ellis Island, New York City's chief arrival and processing point for the first half of the 20th Century.
The statue's iron skeleton was designed by French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.
The statue is a centrepiece for New York City's annual Independence Day fireworks celebration.
The statue was closed to tourists for security reasons follow the 9/11 attacks. The crown was reopened to visitors on 4 July 2009.
On Saturday, 29 October, the statue will close for a year-long renovation.