liberty enlightening the world

Deed of Gift for the Statue of Liberty, 07/04/1884.

Item From: General Records of the Department of State. (09/1789-)

This illustrated document signified both the presentation and acceptance of the Statue of Liberty as a gift from the French People. It was presented as “Liberty Enlightening the World” to the U.S. on July 4, 1884 and was accepted by the U.S. Minister to France, Levi P. Morton, on the behalf of the citizens of the United States. The Statue was sculpted by A. Bartholdi and was installed in New York Harbor in 1886.

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gunnyryan  asked:

Howdy! I've been following you for a while now, and I love the architecture posts. So I was wondering in your opinion, who (culturally) has the best architecture?

Originally posted by strizzwald

Can I answer “42″ like the two mice in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? I don’t know, empires and cultures rise and fall, leaving us with a built legacy of each era, but there is no way to establish which one was better. In lieu of a proper response I will highlight a number of culturally significant structures from different moments in history, by no means a comprehensive list, but some that are should be recognized by every member of our civilization. 

The Great Wall of China

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