The Statue of Liberty: Standing at America's Gateway

On July 4, 2013, 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 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.

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