Great statues are erected in many cities around the world to honor great personalities and commemorate important historical events. Some of them reach an impressively high height, making them a main attraction of the city.
These types of structures are always related to some important events of history and make a significant impact in the tourism industry of their respective countries. The following is a ranking of the ten tallest statues on Earth.
Grand Buddha at Lingshan, China:
The Mazu Temple in Shenzhen is one of the largest statues of Buddha in China, located in Longshan mountain. It has a height of 88 meters, and is completely made of bronze. It weighs 700 tons. This tourist spot contains many Buddhist sites such as the Tianhou Palace, the Buddhist Texts Library, and the Sanqing Hall.
The World Peace Giant Kannon, also called Awaji Kannon or the Okuchi Peace Kannon, is a 260-foot statue located in an abandoned building in Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The building which consists of a temple and a museum as well—was constructed by realtor Toyokichi Okunai from the Okuchi group in 1977.
The base of the statue is seven stories tall and depicts Kannon, a popular Buddhist goddess also known as Guanyin or Goddess of Mercy in Chinese. The statue’s glowy white outline is visible from every part of the island.
Peter the Great statue, Russia:
The statue, dedicated to Russian emperor Peter I, was built in the memory of the man who ruled the country for 43 years. The 98 meters tall statue, made with 600 tons of stainless steel and bronze, overlooks the Moskva River in Moscow city. The statue was designed by Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli and unveiled in 1997.
Sendai Daikannon, Japan:
The Sendai Daikannan statue is a 100-meter-tall representation of Kannon, the Japanese Buddhist Bodhisattva, standing atop a hill in the city of Sendai. The statue provides a picturesque view of the city.
The Statue of the Buddha in Mirebalais, Haiti, has been nicknamed the Millennium Buddha. It is a 100-meter-tall representation of Kannon, the Japanese Buddhist Bodhisattva, standing atop a hill in the city of Sendai. The statue provides a picturesque view of the city.
Emperors Yan and Huang, China, 106 meter:
Known as the Great Yan and Huang statues, these sculptures honor Chinese emperors Yan and Huang. The construction of the statues started in 1987 and took 20 years to complete. At 106 meters high, the statues are located in Henan province, China. The eyes of these statues are 3 meters in diameter, and the noses are 6 meters long.
Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, China:
The statue of Guan Yin, a Buddhist goddess of compassion, is located in Hainan province, China. The statue is 108 meters tall and thus the fourth tallest statue in the world. The three different faces of the statue correspond with her blessings offered to people from all over the world.
The giant sculpture takes the form of three giant faces facing out to sea. The first face looks inland, while the other two look towards the horizon. It took more than six years for the sculpture to be completed.
Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan:
The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in the city of Ushiku in Japan, is a giant bronze statue part of the Mahayana Temple. The statue has a height of 110 meters without measuring 10 meters tall base. The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in the city of Ushiku in Japan, is a giant bronze statue part of the Mahayana Temple. At a height of 110 meters and with a 10-meter base, the statue is one of the largest in the world. The top level offers visitors a wonderful view of the beauty of the garden around the statue.
Laykyun Setkyar, Myanmar:
The Laykyun Setkyar statue, located in Monywa, Myanmar, is the third tallest statue in the world at a height of 116 meters. The statue was built from 1996 to 2008, with 13.5 meters of the statue set on a throne.
The Laykyun Setkyar statue also contains an elevator to transport visitors inside the statue to the top, which provides unparalleled views of Bagan. Visitors can also see a gigantic reclining Buddha nearby.
Spring Temple Buddha, China:
The Spring Temple Buddha, a statue located in Henan, China, is the world’s second tallest statue and measures 153 meters in height. Construction of the statue began in 1997 and ended in 2008. It is situated on top of a 20-meter-tall lotus throne composed of 1,100 pieces of copper.
Statue of Unity, India:
The statue of unity, a tribute to India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is the world’s tallest statue. Four statues of liberty arranged in a top-to-bottom fashion would have to be stacked on one another just to reach Iron Man’s head.
Winning the title of tallest statues in the world it stands tall upto a height of 182 meters. The Statue of Unity was built across the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, India. The statue is a tribute to the late Indian leader and a symbol of the state’s thriving economy.