FACT CHECK: Was the Statue of Liberty Originally a Muslim Woman? No…THE SCULPTOR BARTHOLDI WAS INSPIRED BY COLOSSUS OF RHODES

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FAKE NEWS! STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS NOT INSPIRED BY A MUSLIM WOMAN. THE FRENCH SCULPTOR BARTHOLDI WAS INSPIRED BY COLOSSUS OF RHODES:

  • Bartholdi’s idea of building the Egyptian statue had been inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes (  One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World destroyed by Muslims in 653 AD )
  • The Statue of Liberty originally functioned as a lighthouse

 

Statue of Liberty sculptor  Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi:

“At that time my Statue of Liberty did not exist, even in my imagination, and the only resemblance between the drawing that I submitted to the Khedive and the statue now in New York’s beautiful harbor is that both held a light aloft. Now how is a sculptor to make a statue which is to serve the purpose of a lighthouse without making it hold the light in the air?”

 

FrontPageMag: A popular meme on some sites is that the Statue of Liberty was “originally a Muslim woman”. Like a lot of viral memes, this is a myth.

The a grain of truth to the story is that the meme picked up on the interesting historical footnote that one of the earlier projects of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a large woman holding up a torch and symbolizing Egypt’s progress. The giant statue would have been titled, “Egypt or Progress Carrying the Light to Asia”.

Since Egypt’s ruler had no money, the project went nowhere.

Bartholdi at the time was somewhat obsessed with Ancient Egypt. It was ancient Egypt that interested him rather than Islam. The statue was meant to celebrate Egyptian civilization rather than Islam.

In any case the idea that “Egypt” became the Statue of Liberty is a myth. How do we know that?

Here’s what Bartholdi had to say about it, “At that time my Statue of Liberty did not exist, even in my imagination, and the only resemblance between the drawing that I submitted to the Khedive and the statue now in New York’s beautiful harbor is that both held a light aloft. Now how is a sculptor to make a statue which is to serve the purpose of a lighthouse without making it hold the light in the air?”

The Statue of Liberty originally functioned as a lighthouse.

READ MORE: FACT CHECK: Was the Statue of Liberty Originally a Muslim Woman? No.

The Colossus of Rhodes, as depicted in an artist’s impression of 1880.

In 653, an Arab force under Muslim caliph Muawiyah I captured Rhodes, and according to The Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor,[12] the statue was melted down and sold to a Jewish merchant of Edessa who loaded the bronze on 900 camels. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_of_Rhodes )

 

 

 

 

 

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