The Girl Who Got Away

Yesterday, I read on multiple resources that there is an “Untold” Story of the Statue of Liberty. Apparently, the Statue of Liberty in NY have been paid actually by the Ottoman Empire In 1870. It was originally named The Light of Asia and the design of the statue was chosen and named by Emperor Sultan Abdulaziz Han. The Emperor gave the order to the French artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi with full down payment to start with the production of the sculpture. After some time the sculpture was finished and shipped from France before the great opening ceremony to Suez Channel which was in that time Ottoman Empire soil (today Egypt). The Governor of the territory did not like the sculpture and they sent it back to France. The Emperor, later on, agreed with Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel, and Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye  to give the Statue as a present to America.

So interesting how history shapes our future because while I was trying to find a suitable photo for this story I ran into my old photo album. I took this photo when I was 11 years old with a film Sony camera. (August 2000) That was also the time when I had the pleasure of visiting the World Trade Center and the City of Boston. Along the way I will be posting some oldies on Instagram.

Resources in English:

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/metinyilmaz/metin/177/the-untold-story-of-the-statue-of-liberty/

http://libertarianstandard.com/2013/07/16/was-the-statue-of-liberty-a-gift-from-the-people-of-france/

Resources in Turkish:

http://blog.milliyet.com.tr/amerika-daki-ozgurluk-aniti-bir-osmanli-malidir-/Blog/?BlogNo=405080

http://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96zg%C3%BCrl%C3%BCk_Heykeli

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/her-sey/29121873.asp