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The Statue of Liberty: 127 Years at America's Gateway

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Yesterday, Lady Liberty opened to the public once more, after an eight-month closure to repair the damage Superstorm Sandy had caused. The 151-foot tall structure, a gift to the United States from the people of France in 1886, has endured numerous closures over the years, for both repairs and security concerns. Thousands made the ferry trip to Liberty Island yesterday to visit the re-opened structure, a world-famous work of art loaded with symbolism and history. National Park Service officials welcomed the visitors, saying they were ready for anticipated millions of annual visitors, despite beefed-up security procedures. Gathered here are images of The Statue of Liberty, inside and out, covering more than 130 years, from her birth in Paris to the present day. [36 photos]

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A view of the Statue of Liberty, as Liberty Island opens to the public on July 4, 2013 for the first time since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New York area. The Statue of Liberty, one of America's most recognizable symbols, reopened just in time for the July 4 national holiday, after being repaired from damage inflicted last year by Hurricane Sandy. (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Statue of Liberty, as Liberty Island opens to the public on July 4, 2013 for the first time since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New York area. The Statue of Liberty, one of America's most recognizable symbols, reopened just in time for the July 4 national holiday, after being repaired from damage inflicted last year by Hurricane Sandy. (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
In 1875, a photograph made of the structure of the hand of the Statue of Liberty, under construction inside a Paris studio. Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. (AP Photo/Agence Papyrus) #
Left: the hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty being built in a Paris studio around 1876. Right: the head of the Statue of Liberty, inside a Paris studio around 1880. (AP Photo/Agence Papyrus) #
Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop, a quarter-size head at right, Winter of 1882. (Albert Fernique/Library of Congress) #
The Statue of Liberty towers over Paris rooftops in 1884, outside Bartholdi's workshop. (AP Photo/Agence Papyrus) #
The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty, "Liberty Enlightening the World", in New York Harbor, on October 28, 1886. A military and naval salute, marked the event, presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland. (Library of Congress) #
The Statue of Liberty, viewed from Ellis Island, by a small boy and his parents, ca. 1930. (Library of Congress) #
The ocean liner Queen Mary passes the Statue of Liberty as she enters New York Harbor after completing her first voyage to the United States, on June 1, 1936. (AP Photo) #
Tourists examine writing on the inside of the top of Lady Liberty's crown in New York on August 4, 1946. Many of the visitors to the monument left behind markings to commemorate their visit to New York. (AP Photo/Jack Harris) #
The statue of liberty, gift of French school children, which 17 Congressmen from New York and New Jersey agree "stands in a slum", towers above rubbish and junk on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor on March 5, 1948. The Congressmen asked a House Appropriations committee for $1,000,000 for slum clearance on the Island. (AP Photo/John Lindsay) #
Visitors peek out from under the crown of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, on October 26, 1946. (AP Photo) #
The Statue of Liberty, foreground, with warships moving up the Hudson River past the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the New York Skyline in Operation Sail preliminaries, on July 3, 1976. (AP Photo/ETA) #
Visitors crane for a quick peek through the tiny window from inside the crown of the Statue of Liberty in New York City, on September 7, 1976. (AP Photo) #
Small craft surround the Statue of Liberty, covered in scaffolding, as renovations of the statue get underway, on July 4, 1984. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff) #
A close-up detail of the statue's right foot, showing missing rivets, 1984. (Jack E.Boucher/Library of Congress) #
Interior of right foot showing wrought-iron straps supporting toes, in February of 1984. (Jet Lowe/Library of Congress) #
Interior view of east-side of statue looking up showing secondary iron frame and strap-iron armature supporting copper skin of toga. February, 1984. (Jet Lowe/Library of Congress) #
A worker leans out of the Statue of Liberty during renovations, on April 4, 1985. (AP Photo) #
View up stair case of the interior of main frame, 1988. (Jet Lowe/Library of Congress) #
The old flame and torch platform, looking east with New York harbor, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan in background. (Jack E.Boucher/Library of Congress) #
A workman makes an adjustment to the torch from the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island workshop in New York, on December 16, 1984 as the flame, in background, is lowered to a pedestal for a fitting before shipment to California. (AP Photo/Dan Corrish) #
Gilding of the new torch on Liberty Island, on October 31, 1985. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani) #
New torch and flame with Manhattan skyline in background, 1985. (Jack E.Boucher/Library of Congress) #
The newly-refinished Statue of Liberty, with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the background, on May 20, 1986. (Mario Suriani/AFP/Getty Images) #
Nancy Reagan is joined by Kristeen Reft, 9, of Alaska (left) and Laurence Honore of France, as all three wave from the crown of the Statue of Liberty during reopening ceremonies on July 5, 1986. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan) #
Fireworks erupt over the buildings of lower Manhattan during celebrations on July 4, 2000. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm) #
On September 11, 2001, thick smoke billows into the sky from the area behind the Statue of Liberty, lower left, where the World Trade Center towers, now collapsed, had stood. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer) #
The "Tribute in Light" memorial shines behind the Statue of Liberty, on March 11, 2002 on the six-month anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks in New York City. (Don Murray/Getty Images) #
The base of the crown of the Statue of Liberty, viewed on June 2, 2009 in New York harbor. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) #
A portion of the right arm of the Statue of Liberty is visible from the Statue's crown, on May 20, 2009. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
The space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies near the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, on April 27, 2012. (NASA/Robert Markowitz via Getty Images) #
A picture of Lady Liberty from one of her new TorchCams, during a large storm on October 29, 2011. (National Park Service) #
A storm-damaged dock, near the Statue of Liberty which, remained closed to the public six weeks after Hurricane Sandy, on December 13, 2012. The storm caused extensive damage to National Park Service facilities on Liberty Island, although the statue itself remained unscathed. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
The Statue of Liberty, viewed against the buildings of lower Manhattan, on October 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) #
A girl poses for her father as they visit the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island during its reopening to the public in New York, July 4, 2013. Under steamy summer skies, tourists in New York flocked to ferries headed for the Statue of Liberty, re-opening with an Independence Day ceremony after closing in October as Superstorm Sandy approached. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz) #
The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty in New York, on May 26, 2013. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn) #

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