The Statue of Liberty monument is the most iconic monument in New York City. It stood over a century as a symbol of freedom and liberty. The statue with the pedestal stands 93 meters high and weighs 125 tons. Many sources say that its architect, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, was inspired by his French law professor, politician, and anti-slavery activist Laboulaye. At the conclusion of the American Civil War in 1865, elated by the success of the Union, Laboulaye suggested an idea of presenting a monument representing liberty as a gift to the United States. As commonly cited in many articles, Bartholdi was inspired by this and commissioned the building of the Statue of Liberty. In this article, an alternate explanation to the origins for the inspiration of the Statue of Liberty is explored.
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The Pyramids of Giza is perennially flocking with tourist to witness in person the towering pyramids that have been built thousands of years ago. The great engineering achievement of constructing the pyramids did not happen overnight. It has its roots to another site that was considered sacred ground by Egyptians for thousands of years. Near the ancient city of Memphis lies an elevated strip of land measuring 7 kilometers by 1.5km with perhaps the highest concentration of burial chambers and tombs throughout Egypt. This area is today known as Saqqara and lies around 20 km south of the Pyramids of Giza. The masterpiece of Saqqara is Djoser`s Funerary Complex with the Step Pyramid at its center.
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The Rockefeller Center is located in Manhattan Island in the heart of New York City. It consists for 19 commercial buildings and holds the name of one of the most influential families that helped shape America as it exists today. The family members founded the oil industry, triggering a mass production of all machines driven by hydrocarbons. Members include many other businessmen and politicians. This is the story about the construction of the Rockefeller Center and the man behind it.
One of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul, Turkey today is the Yeni Mosque. It is strategically placed in the heart of the old city, next to the L-shaped Egyptian bazaar (otherwise known as the Spice Bazaar) and overlooking the Bosphorus. It features six domes with two towering minarets. Its main dome is 17.5 meters in diameter and is 36 meters high. The interior of the mosque is exquisitely decorated with Iznik tiles and with marble columns near the minbar of the mosque.
The city of Boston is known worldwide for its seafood, especially lobster. As any resident or visitor of Boston would note, the city resembles a European costal city, decked with cathedrals and Gothic and Victorian buildings. Little do people know that Boston is one of the oldest cities of the original 13 colonies and houses the Old State House, which played a pivotal role in fostering the American Revolution.