The interior of New York's Statue of Liberty is set to reopen to visitors on a limited basis from 28 October, after a one-year renovation.
The iconic statue was closed in October 2011 to undergo several safety improvements including extra fire escapes, as well as a passenger lift and new stairs.
Renovators have also added a wheelchair lift, meaning that for the first time, disabled visitors will have access to the top of the monument's pedestal.
In a statement to the press, David Luchsinger, superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, said "We have reached a critical milestone in our fire and life safety project where we can begin to allow visitors back in to the monument on a limited basis while the project moves to completion by the end of the year."
Details on the full re-opening of the statue should be released later this year, the renovation of which has cost roughly £16.6 million.
The partial re-opening marks the 125th birthday of the monument, which was given as a gift by the French to the city of New York in 1886.
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