Statues are an integral part of many cultures around the world and have been used to commemorate important events, leaders, and even just to show appreciation for beauty and culture.Some of the tallest statues in the world stand above the rest, literally, and are impressive feats of engineering and art. Here is a list of the ten tallest statues in the world.
10- Motherland Calls, Russia
Height : 85m
The Motherland Calls is an iconic statue near Volgograd, Russia that stands as a monument to the millions of lives lost in the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II. The monument is an imposing figure of a woman, arms outstretched, standing at a height of 85 meters (279 feet). It is the tallest statue of a woman in the world.
The statue was designed by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and architect Nikolai Nikitin and was unveiled in 1967, 25 years after the battle. It is made from concrete, granite, and steel, and is held up by a steel frame. The figure is of a woman wearing a long skirt, with a battle helmet and shield, and holding a raised sword in one hand and a banner in the other.
The statue is meant to be an embodiment of the Russian people’s resilience and determination and the courage and patriotism of those who sacrificed their lives in the Battle of Stalingrad. The inscription on the banner reads, “To the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad – the defenders of the Soviet homeland”.
9- Hokkaido Kannon, Japan
Height : 88m
The eighth tallest statue in the world is the Sendai Daikannon in Japan, which stands at a height of 88 meters (289 feet). The statue is a representation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion and is one of the tallest statues in Japan.
The statue is a popular pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and tourists, as it is believed that praying here brings good fortune and blessings.The area around the statue is also home to many other attractions including a temple, a museum, and a beautiful Japanese garden.The Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako Park is a stunning example of traditional Japanese culture and architecture and is a great spot to take in the beauty of Hokkaido and appreciate the power of religious belief.
8- Great Buddha of Thailand
Height : 92m
When you think of Thailand, one of the first things that come to mind is the beautiful Great Buddha of Thailand.This magnificent statue stands at an impressive 92 meters tall, making it one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world. Located in the Wat Muang temple near Ang Thong, it is a sight that will take your breath away.
The Great Buddha of Thailand was completed in 2008, but its roots go back to the late 1800s. In 1875, the Wat Muang temple was constructed and it was here that the Great Buddha of Thailand was erected. The statue is made of concrete, but it is covered with a layer of gold leaf. This gives the statue its shimmering golden hue, which is seen from miles away.
7- Tower of Peace, Philippines
Height : 98m
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The Mother of All Asia Statue, located in the Philippines, is a magnificent monument that stands 98 meters tall. It is the tallest monument in the country and is a symbol of unity, peace and strength.
At the base of the statue is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Philippines, including a number of interactive exhibits. Visitors can explore the beautiful landscapes that make up the country, learn about local customs, and discover its fascinating history. The Mother of All Asia’s hands and face was designed by sculptor Eduardo Castrillo and is made of concrete and steel.
6- Guishan Guanyin, China
Height : 99m
The Guishan Guanyin Statue of Thousand Hands and Eyes is a beautiful and spiritually powerful piece of artwork that is held in high regard by many people throughout the world.It is a representation of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the Buddhist deity of compassion, and the statue is said to be able to grant wishes and protection to those who venerate it.
The statue is covered in intricate and detailed carvings that depict the image of Avalokitesvara. The figure is shown with a thousand hands and eyes that symbolize Avalokitesvara’s all-encompassing and ever-watchful compassion. Each of the hands is holding a wish-granting jewel and each of the eyes is said to represent a compassionate glance that can grant the desires of the devotee. The statue is made from a variety of materials, including bronze, gold, silver, and jade.
5- Sendai Daikannon, Japan
Height : 100m
The Dai Kannon was built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the opening of Kita no Miyako Park in 1974. This park was originally a landfill site and has since been transformed into a beautiful green space. The park features a variety of attractions such as a zoo, a Japanese garden, and a bird sanctuary. The Dai Kannon is the centerpiece of the park and is what draws tourists from all over the world to this unique location.
The Dai Kannon is an impressive sight that stands out against the Tokyo skyline. It is made of concrete, steel, and aluminum, and is painted white with gold accents. The statue is modeled after the traditional Kannon statue, which is a Buddhist goddess of mercy. The statue is further decorated with a variety of intricate designs that adorn the face and body of the Dai Kannon.
4- Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan
Height : 100m
The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is the fourth tallest statue in the world. Standing at a height of 100 meters (330 feet), the statue is a representation of Amitabha Buddha and is one of the largest bronze statues in the world.
The Ushiku Daibutsu was built in 1993 as a place of Buddhist worship and as a symbol of peace and harmony.Led by the efforts of the Buddhist monk Kakudo Shinkai, the project was completed in 1995 after two years of construction and more than 200 million yen (roughly US$2 million) worth of donations.At the time of completion, the Ushiku Daibutsu was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest statue.
3- Laykyun Sekkya, Myanmar
Height : 115m
The third tallest statue in the world is the Laykyun Sekkya in Myanmar, which stands at 116 meters (380 feet). The statue is a representation of the Gautama Buddha and was built to promote peace and harmony throughout the region. Not only is it the tallest building in the country, it is also the tallest in Southeast Asia.
The tower construction began in 1996, and was completed in 2008. It features a unique style that combines traditional Burmese architecture with modern design. The building has four sides, each adorned with a large bell-shaped spire. Inside, the building contains several shopping and recreational facilities, such as a cinema, a bowling alley, and a food court.
2- Spring Temple Buddha, China
Height : 128m
The Spring Temple Buddha is a monumental statue located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. Standing at 128 meters (420 feet) tall, it is second tallest statue in the world.
The statue is intended to provide spiritual guidance and peace to those who look upon it, while also serving as a reminder of the importance of preserving the environment and respecting nature.
The statue was commissioned by the Foquan Temple of Henan in 1998, and was completed in 2008. The construction of the project cost an estimated $55 million USD, and the statue itself is composed of 1,100 pieces of bronze castings and covered with a gold-gilded exterior.
Base of the statue is a three-story building in the shape of a lotus flower, which serves as a museum. It also houses the Foquan Temple. Inside the base is also a large Buddha Hall, which houses a giant gold-plated statue of Sakyamuni (Buddha), the founder of Buddhism.
1- Statue of Unity, India
Height : 182m
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The Statue of Unity is a colossal monument located in Gujarat, India, and dedicated to the revered Indian leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.Standing at a height of 182 meters.It is the world’s tallest statue, twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in the United States.The statue has been erected on an island on the Narmada River, overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam. It was inaugurated on October 31, 2018 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The statue was designed by Padma Bhushan awardee Ram V. Sutar and weighs over 7000 metric tonnes. It stands on a base of nearly 600 feet, which includes a memorial garden, an exhibition hall, and a museum. It has been constructed with over 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding, and 70,000 metric tonnes of cement. The statue has been built with the assistance of over 3,000 workers from across India.
The Statue of Unity is more than just a tourist attraction. It symbolizes the spirit of unity and national integration, as well as paying tribute to one of India’s most beloved leaders. Its presence on the Narmada River also serves as a reminder of the importance of water conservation and resource management.