Colossal statues are those structures that have sizes that are almost three times as large or even bigger than that of its original objects. Most of the times, they are carved on living rocks as a living testimony of their magnanimity. These durable art forms have become the best carvings in the world.
Here are the ten of the most amazing colossal statues in the world.
Statue of Decebalus, Romania
The Statue of Decebalus is the tallest rock carving of Europe, located in the bank of the Danube River in Orsova. Built in memory of Dacian king Decebalus, it took ten years for this rock structure to be completed. It has a height of 40 meters, taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Tirthankara Jain Sculptures, India
Tirthankara Jain sculptures are one of the finest attractions in ancient city of Gwalior, India, that showcase the architectural skills of the minorities of Jainism. All of these Jain sculptures date back to the fifteenth century. Each sculpture belongs to different groups. Hundreds of Jain sculptures can be seen in different sizes, the tallest being 57 feet tall.
Giant Buddha of Bingling Si, China
The giant Buddha statue highlights the Bingling temple in Yongjing, China. The Bingling temples series took almost a hundred years for the construction. Beside the huge sculpture is a wooden walkway that offers a closer view of the giant Buddha. Aside from the statue, visitors can see 694 other stone statues and 83 clay sculpture in the Bingling temple series.
Avukana Buddha Statue, Sri Lanka
Avukana Buddha statue stands as the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. This 40 feet high statue was carved out in massive granite rock during the 5th century, reflecting the mixture of Gandhara and Amaravati school art. The straight statue stands with its right hand in a rising posture while the left hand clutches on its left shoulders. The expression on its face reflects spiritual supremacy.
Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
As the largest monolith in the world and the oldest monument known to man, the mysterious Great Sphinx of Giza in the bank of Nile is believed to be a memorial for emperors of ancient Egypt and was built between 2558 and 2552 BC. The immense stone sculpture, which measures 20 meters high, combines a human head and a lion body and is made of enormous blocks of different kinds of limestones.
Apennine Colossus, Italy
Apennine Colossus is a spectacular attraction in the Villa Demidoff garden in Florida, Italy. Constructed in 1518 by Italian sculptor Goambologna, the sculpture seems to stand as a protector of the pond situated right beside it. The statue, which has has a height of 35 feet, with a shaggy beard and slouched posture, has attracted many visitors. There is also a passageway that leads inside the statue, which also leads to a fountain in the garden.
Dying Lion of Lucerne, Switzerland
The Dying Lion sculpture, also known as the Lion of Lucerne, is located in Lucerne City in Switzerland. It was built in the memory of soldiers who lost their lives in the French Revolution in 1792. Inscripted below the statue is the Latin words ‘‘Helvetiorum fidei AC virtuti,” which means “To the loyalty and bravery of Swiss.” The lion monument, which was carved in sandstone rock beside a pond, has a length of 10 meters and a height of 6 meters. It was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. Its construction began in 1818 and was completed in 1821.
Mount Rushmore, United States
Located in South Dakota in the United States is the Mount Rushmore national monument. Carved on this mountain are the faces of four US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It took almost fourteen years to complete this beautiful monument, which is now visited by more than 3 million people yearly. It stands as an iconic symbol of presidential greatness.
Colossal Statue of Shapur I, Iran
The colossal statue of Shapur I is located inside Shapur Cave in the city of Bhishapur, Iran, and stands at a height of 6.7 meters. It was built in the memory of Shapur I, the second king of the Sassanid empire.
Leshan Giant Buddha, China
The Leshan giant Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world and is located in the city of Leshan, China. The 233-foot tall Buddha was designed in the eighth century and was carved on a cliff side of Xijuo peak. It faces Mount Emei, another sacred site of Buddhism in China. Both the Leshan giant Buddha and Mount Emei are listed as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The Buddha is believed to calm down the heavy currents of the river near the sculpture.
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