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Statue of Liberty set to reopen

The Statue of Liberty is to reopen to the public on Sunday, the US landmark's 126th anniversary.

The statue has been closed for renovation to its interior, although the public have been allowed to visit its Liberty Island grounds in New York Harbour.

The 30 million US dollars (£23 million) renovation which began last year included replacing the stairs to the crown and making them less steep. There are now 393 steps instead of 354.

About 3.5 million people visit the statue every year. National Parks Service officials say the renovations will allow an additional 26,000 people to visit inside the monument annually.

The statue, a gift from France, was dedicated on October 28 1886.


From Belfast Telegraph