Top 10 Giant Statues in the World, Leshan Giant Buddha is listed, and the 6th is a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Statues are various works of art carved from materials using special techniques. Nowadays, many countries around the world use statues to commemorate great figures or historical events. Due to various conditions, some statues may be larger or smaller. Below are the top 10 famous statues in the world. You can see what famous giant statues exist around the world.
Top 10 Giant Statues in the World:
- Great Sphinx of Giza
The Great Sphinx of Giza, also known as the Sphinx, is one of the top 10 sculptures in the world. It is located in the Pyramid complex in Egypt and began construction in 2558 BC. It is 72 meters long and 20 meters high. The head of the statue is said to be modeled after the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Khafra.
- Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha, also known as the Lingyun Giant Buddha, is located in Leshan City, Sichuan Province, and is one of the top 10 tallest sculptures in the world. It is also a national 5A-level tourist attraction. Construction began in the first year of the Tang Dynasty (713 AD) and was completed in the 19th year of the Zhenyuan period (803 AD). The statue is 71 meters tall and is also the largest cliff-carved stone statue in China.
- Statue of Athena Parthenos
The Statue of Athena Parthenos is a wooden sculpture carved by Phidias in 438 BC. Although it is made mainly of wood, it is decorated with ivory and gold. The statue stands 13 meters tall, but the original was destroyed in the Byzantine era, and what is currently on display is a marble replica.
- Moai Statues
The Moai statues are located on Easter Island and were built between 1100 BC and 1680 AD. There are about 1000 statues of different sizes and shapes, with the longest one reaching 23 meters. They are also one of the top 10 giant statues in the world.
- Lion Monument
The Lion Monument is located near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland and is one of the world’s famous monument sculptures. It was built to commemorate Swiss soldiers who died while defending France in 1792. The statue is 10 meters long and 6 meters high. Construction began in 1818 and was completed in 1821.
- Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is located in New York, United States, and was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence. Construction began in 1874 and was completed in 1886, with a total height of 93 meters. In 1984, it was listed as a world cultural heritage site.
- The Thinker
The Thinker is a statue created by French sculptor Auguste Rodin in 1880. The main materials used are bronze and marble, and its height is 1.8 meters. The statue mainly portrays an adult male in deep thought and with a pained expression. It is currently housed in a museum in Paris.
- Decebalus Statue
The Decebalus Statue is located on the banks of the Danube River and is one of the famous statues in Europe. Construction began in 1994 and lasted for 10 years, with completion in 2004. The Decebalus Statue mainly commemorates the king of Romania at that time.
- Statue of Shapur I of Iran
The statue of Shapur I of Iran is located in a cave in Shapur and was built to commemorate the Persian dynasty’s King Shapur I. The statue is mainly made of travertine and is 6.7 meters long. Although it is missing an arm and a leg, it is still one of the top ten giant statues in the world.
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial, also known as President Mountain, is located in the Mount Rushmore National Park in the United States. There are four statues of American presidents in it, with a total length of 60 feet. Construction began in 1972 and lasted for 14 years, with completion in 1986. It still attracts nearly 2 million tourists every year for sightseeing.