16 Of The World's Tallest Statues As Seen From Space

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Vote up the most striking or unexpected images of gigantic statues.

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.