We often wonder largest geological features of the planet Earth: the peaks of Mount Everest and K2, and the depths of the Mariana Trench. But humanity leaves its colossal structures. Built in honor of the memorable historical figures of deities and events that really colossal monuments and statues can be found all over the planet. In each country, especially in the capital there are many ancient and modern attractions, which annually attract millions of tourists. In addition to the castles, squares, palaces and parks, there is a statue that tourists cause less interest. Let’s look at those pictures colossal structures that define the word “monumental”.
1) Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island), Chile
Rapa Nui’s mysterious moai statues stand in silence but speak volumes about the achievements of their creators. The Island, one of the most remote islands uninhabited by people, is known for its huge stone statues, or, as they are called moai.The stone blocks, carved into head-and-torso figures, average 13 feet (4 meters) tall and 14 tons. The effort to construct these monuments and move them around the island must have been considerable—but no one knows exactly why the Rapa Nui people undertook such a task. Most scholars suspect that the moai were created to honor ancestors, chiefs, or other important personages, However, no written and little oral history exists on the island, so it’s impossible to be certain.
2) Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There are not many Christian statues, The most famous statue of Jesus is also considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world.The construction of this famous statue in the Art Deco style, which later became a symbol of Rio, held in the period from 1922 to 1931.It is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world with a height of 30 metres (98 ft) – not including its 8 metres (26 ft) pedestal. The statue’s arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide. It is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain. The statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil’s most famous monument.
3) Statue of Buddha, Leshan, China
Not far from the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, sits the Leshan Giant Buddha statue. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, the colossal statue is over 1,300-years-old and is considered to be the largest stone Buddha in the world, and by far the tallest pre-modern statue. The statue was created nearly a century and completed in 713 year. The authors of the statue had hoped that it will calm the dangerous waters of the river, which looks.The site attracts millions of people every year, including Buddhist pilgrims, making it something of a sacred destination and an ancient wonder of the world.
4) Sphinx, Giza
The Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest, the oldest and probably the most famous monumental statues in the world and an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt. It is a massive seventy-three and a half meters (two hundred and forty-one feet)long and twenty meters (sixty-six feet) high. Carved from the bedrock of the Giza plateau, the Sphinx is truly a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. The body of a lion with the head of a king or god, the sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom. However, there are numerous debates about its meaning, its age and the name of the pharaoh that built it. It is believed that the famous Sphinx at Giza was built almost 5,000 years ago. Why and for whom it was built – still a mystery.
5) Statue of Liberty, New York
Made in Paris by the French sculptor Bartholdi, in collaboration with Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for the steel framework), this towering monument to liberty was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence. Inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbour and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since. The statue’s face was modeled after his mother’s and the story goes that the body was modeled after a prostitute.The crown of Lady Liberty, as the statue is often affectionately called, has seven spikes, symbolizing the Seven Seas across which liberty should be spread. In her left hand she holds a tablet with the Declaration of Independence and in her right hand a torch, symbolizing Enlightenment. Originally the statue was bronze-colored, but eventually changed color.
6) Tiantan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
On a hill above the monastery sits the Tian Tan Buddha, a seated representation of Lord Gautama some 23m high (or 26.4m with the lotus), or just under 34m if you include the podium. There are bigger Buddha statues elsewhere – notably the 71m-high Grand Buddha at Leshan in China’s Sichuan province – but apparently these are not seated, outdoors or made of bronze. It weighs 202 tonnes, by the way. There are three floors beneath the Buddha statue: The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Remembrance. A number of invaluable items are displayed in this three-storey exhibition hall. It is believed that the third floor houses a relic of Gautama Buddha, consisting of some of his alleged cremated remains. The large bell within the Buddha is controlled by computer and rings 108 times during the day to symbolize escape from what Buddhism terms the ‘108 troubles of mankind’.
7) The Motherland Calls, Volgograd, Russia
Monument “The Motherland Calls!” Is considered a complex engineering design due to posture of the statue, which is expanding to the ground. In 1967, when the statue was opened, it was the tallest statue in the world. Monument weighs 7900 tons. Compared with the later higher statues, The Motherland Calls is significantly more complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand extended in a calling gesture. 200 steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad lead from the bottom of the hill to the monument
8) Deity Murugan, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Batu Caves, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. The Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan It is a sacred site to Hindus, and when you arrive you’ll see a huge golden statue of Lord Murugan next door to a large set of steps. For the construction of the sculpture has gone 250 tons of steel, 1,550 cubic meters of concrete and 300 liters of gold paint.Statue of the god Murugan at the entrance to the Batu Caves is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia.
9) Mangal Mahadev, Gujarat, India
This 33 m (108 ft)-tall Hindu god, standing with his trident at the entrance of Ganga Talao, is a faithful copy of the Shiva statue of Sursagar lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. It was inaugurated in 2007 and the “Sthapan” was done during the Maha Shivratri period of 2008. It is also the highest known statue in Mauritius.
10) Great Buddha of Thailand, Ang Thong, Thailand
The highest statue in Thailand – The Great Buddha of Thailand is 95 meters tall and 63 meters wide. It is the same size as the Statue of Liberty, with the pedestal. Construction began in 1990 and ended only in 2008. Also a statue known as the “Big Buddha”. Made of cement, the exterior is painted gold. As well as the Great Buddha, the temple is also home to “Hell Park,” a macabre group of statues that graphically depict the terrible fate that awaits sinners.