Metropolitan Life Cupola – Why is it shiny?

The cupola at the very top of New York City’s Metropolitan Life Tower serves as an “eternal light” for the city, which stays illuminated even after the rest of the building’s lighting system has been turned off for the night. But is that real gold up there?

It's gold, Jerry! Gold!

It's gold, Jerry! Gold!

Yup. The cupola is gilded in 23.75 karat Italian gold leaf.

View from 23rd Street

View from 23rd Street

Now you can impress your friends or visiting family members with this quick bit of I Spy NYC info. Let the tours begin!

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One thought on “Metropolitan Life Cupola – Why is it shiny?

  1. Abby says:

    My favorite building in the city!

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