The lighthouse was to be in the form of a woman standing with a torch in her hand. Bartholdi’s sketches were inspired by the Pharos lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
But the canal’s construction sent Egypt into debt.
So the khedive, or viceroy, of Egypt didn’t have the money to make the Frenchman’s dream a reality.
Tell me what that has to do with the problem of resurgent jihad and we'll both know.Bartholdi reimagined his design, and his masterpiece in New York was completed in 1886.