Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, United States
Liberty Island, home to Statue of Liberty, was known as Bedloe’s Island until 1956.
Liberty Island lies off the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York, U.S., and is a mere 12 acres or so. The statue is by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi’s and it’s full name is “Liberty Enlightening the World”. Although the monument is within New Jersey waters, Liberty Island and a portion of Ellis Island are within the territorial jurisdiction of New York state.
Known to the Delaware Indians as Minnissais (“Lesser Island”) and to early colonists as Great Oyster, the island was renamed for Isaac Bedloe (or Isaack Bedloo), a merchant who bought it in the 1660s. The city of New York acquired the island in 1758, and it was ceded to the state.
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Like so many towns on the Adriatic, Monopoli's history has been thoroughly influenced by its east-facing position and its fortified sea-front walls and castle tell many a story.
Parking in or around Piazza XX Settembre, location of a colourful street market, head east towards the cathedral. To find it just look upwards and you are sure to see its elegantly conceived bell tower thrusting into the sky. Built in 1693, the tower is over 60 metres high, completely dominating the town below.