16 Of The World's Tallest Statues As Seen From Space
Seeing a monumental statue up close makes you feel small. Seeing one from space makes you feel even smaller - because the statue that dwarfs you is itself just a speck on the vastness of the earth. But they're specks that seem disproportionately large next to the roads and fields around them, like petrified giants. The overall effect is somewhat disorienting.
It's interesting to see what (or whom) we deem worthy of such gigantic portraits. In Asia there are quite a few Buddhas, but also legendary Chinese emperors and a surprisingly humble-looking Indian founding father. There are some Jesuses - famously in Brazil, but also in Indonesia. There are personifications of nations or national ideals, like Lady Liberty in New York, and the Motherland in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad). And then there are the equine water spirits in Scotland.
Join us for a quick tour around the world as, with the magic of Google Maps, we look down upon the largest statues ever built.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer was completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet tall on the summit of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Statue Of Unity, Narmada District, IndiaPhoto: Google Maps
Completed in 2018, the Statue of Unity depicts Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, a founder of modern India. At 597 feet tall, it is the tallest statue in the world. It is located in the Narmada Valley in Gujarat.
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Spring Temple Buddha, Lushan County, ChinaPhoto: Google Maps
At 502 feet tall, the Spring Temple Buddha is the second-tallest statue in the world. Completed in 2008, it looms over the Fodushan Scenic Area in Henan Province.
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Completed in 1886, the Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It is 151 feet tall and stands atop an 89-foot pedestal.
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This monumental portrait of four US Presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln - is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Each of the heads is about 60 feet tall.
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Completed in 1967, this statue - at 279 feet, the tallest in the world of a woman, and the tallest overall in Europe - was built to commemorate the Soviet victory over Germany at the Battle of Stalingrad. It stands atop Mamayev Kurgan, a hill overlooking the city, which is now named Volgograd.