NEW YORK — The iconic Status of Liberty will close to visitors for a year at the end of October to undergo a $27.25 million renovation, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday.

The renovations are meant to meant the statue’s interior safer and more easily accessible.

Liberty Island will remain open, and the outside of the statue will remain in view.

The statue will close October 28 after its 125th anniversary, the Associated Press reported.

About 3.5 million people visit the Statue of Liberty annually. It was a gift from France, build in the 1880s.

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