15 fascinating facts about Egypt

When the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi first thought of building a statue of a peasant woman, wearing a robe and holding a giant torch, he had hoped to erect it at the entrance of the Suez Canal and named it “Egyptian Bringing light to ‘Asia’.

The project came to nothing, but Bartholdi stuck with his idea and was eventually commissioned to build the statue in New York Harbor. In 1876, seven years after the completion of the Suez Canal, “Liberty Lights the World” was unveiled.

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