The Statue Of Liberty Arrived In America 130 Years Ago Today — PHOTOS

Happy 130th anniversary, Lady Liberty!

We all know how the iconic copper sculpture on the New York harbor came to this city — via the good French people.

But do we know when exactly the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York?

According to the National Parks Service, Lady Liberty was a gift from France to commemorate the shared ideals of the French and American governments. Arriving in some 350 pieces, the Statue of Liberty landed on June 17, 1885. It was assembled over the course of a year before its final unveiling on October 28, 1886.

The sculptor responsible for the colossal statue now looking over New York City was Frenchman Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. According to legend, he was sailing into New York Harbor in 1870 when he envisioned being welcomed by the persona of liberty. Sketching out his idea, he pitched it to influential New Yorkers and Frenchmen.

Bartholdi decided that the sculpture should be placed on Liberty Island because of its location on the New York Harbor, NBC reported. "It is, indeed, the New World, which appears in its majestic expanse, with ardor of its glowing life," Bartholdi wrote. "Yes, in this very place shall be raised the Statue of Liberty.

Today, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable sites in the world and flocks of tourists visit the statue every year. It has also been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, a National Monument and a New York City landmark.

Take a look at Lady Liberty over the years.

The framework for the right arm of the Statue Of Liberty during construction in Paris. Designed by the French sculptor Frederick Bartholdi, the statue was presented to the United States by France in 1876.
The framework for the right arm of the Statue Of Liberty during construction in Paris. Designed by the French sculptor Frederick Bartholdi, the statue was presented to the United States by France in 1876. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Workmen 150 meters above the ground on the torch of the Statue of Liberty, cleaning the statue in preparation for the United States Bicentennial celebrations in 1976.
Workmen 150 meters above the ground on the torch of the Statue of Liberty, cleaning the statue in preparation for the United States Bicentennial celebrations in 1976. Photo by Keystone/Getty Images
Apache helicopters of the 8th/229th fly past the Statue of Liberty on their way to Bosnia via Staten Island, N.Y., where they were loaded onto a cargo ship August 4, 1999.
Apache helicopters of the 8th/229th fly past the Statue of Liberty on their way to Bosnia via Staten Island, N.Y., where they were loaded onto a cargo ship August 4, 1999. U.S. Army via Newsmakers

Google Doodles also honored the Statue of Liberty in its own way today:

[Cover image via iStock/Sean Pavone]