Monday, April 27, 2015

The World's Tallest Statues

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Statues are built as celebrations of gods, historical events 
and important personalities. The tallest try reach the sky 
and make you take notice of what they are commemorating. 
They are also works of art, and can take years to build. 
Here are some of the grandest ones ever built. 

Statue of Liberty, USA
The Statue of Liberty is the shortest statue on this list at just 
151 feet tall; however she gains height because the statue 
rests on a 154 foot pedestal. The statue depicts the Roman 
goddess of freedom Libertas and was a gift to the United 
States from France in 1886. 

Ten Directions Pu Xian Buddha, China
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This dramatic gold colored 157 foot statue of the Buddha 
Samantabhadra can be found on Sichuan province’s Mount Emei. 

Sodoshima Dai-Kannon, Japan
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This impressive landmark in the Kagawa Prefecture houses several 
prayer halls, an elevator, and an observation deck. This 164 foot 
\masterpiece honors the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon. 

Peter the Great Statue, Russia
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The fact that the monument to Peter the Great is located in the 
Russian capital of Moscow is ironic, considering the commemorated 
once moved the capital to St. Petersburg. This imposing 315 tall statue 
is made of copper, bronze and stainless steel. 

Buddha in Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
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The spectacular statue in coastal Aluthgama, Sri Lanka is considered 
the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world at 160 feet. Built in 
2007 it has become one of the country’s most important tourist destinations.

Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, China
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This breathtaking statue is the fourth tallest in the world at 354 feet 
tall, with 3 different faces and represents the Guanyin. The statue is 
located in Nanshan Temple of Sanya.

Virgin of Peace, Venezuela
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This concrete statue stands 153 feet tall and is the tallest statue 
of the Virgin Mary. It is also the tallest sculpture in all of the Americas. 
Despite its grandeur, it does not receive many visitors. 

Great Buddha of Thailand
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Thailand’s tallest statue is not only 300 feet tall but also 210 feet wide, 
and is the ninth tallest statue in the world. The cement statue is 
painted gold to represent the Gautama Buddha, the most 
important figure in Buddhism.

Mother of the Motherland, Ukraine
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The largest statue in Eastern Europe is Kiev’s 203 foot Mother 
of Motherland. This stainless steel structure is part of the 
Museum of Great Patriotic War and weighs 560 tons. 

Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan
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This 394 foot bronze statue has a 32 foot pedestal and represents 
the Amitabha Buddha. The structure is also fitted with an 
elevator, allowing visitors to enjoy a view from its observation platform. 

Leshan Giant Buddha, China
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Facing Mount Emei at the intersection of the Minjiang, Dadu and 
Qingyi rivers is the Leshan Giant Buddha. This historic statue 
dating back to the 7th century became a UNESCO World Heritage 
Site in 1996. 

Laykyun Setkyar, Myanmar
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At 381 feet tall the Laykyun Setkyar is the world’s second tallest 
statue, and represents the Gautama Buddha.

Spring Temple Buddha, China
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Boasting the title of the tallest statue on earth is the Spring Temple 
Buddha, which can be visited in Zhoacun, Henan. If you 
include the 82 foot pedestal, this Buddha stands at 502 
feet. The statue represents Vairocana Buddha and overlooks 
a Buddhist monastery. 

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