PHOTOS: The Statue of Liberty Before It Came to America

The Statue of Liberty, formally called Liberty Enlightening the World, was designed by French scultor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

It was originally supposed to be a lighthouse, but the statue, which was made from 200,000 pounds of copper, became many things, including a symbol to represent freedom from oppression. It was designed after the image of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.

After being assembled in Paris, in 1885, it was shipped across the Atlantic to New York.

Did you know that the Statue of Liberty’s green color isn’t how she was intended to look? The signature hue, caused by oxidization, actually didn’t even emerge until 1900.

The historic photos featured in the slideshow above, show how the statue was constructed and what it looked like after first being assembled in New York.

Images: Getty/New York Public Library
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