Statues are man made creations that fascinate everyone. They are often meant to symbolize some event within the culture near them. The top 10 most famous statues in the world depict that idea perfectly.
10. Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut is a 7,001 foot tall mountain in southeastern Turkey and near the city of Adiyaman. King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene created a tomb sanctuary on top of the mountain and it was flanked by huge statues of himself, two eagles, two lions, as well as other various Greek and Persian gods. Many have lost their heads and are now scattered throughout the site.
9. The Terrace of the Lions
Anyone who is a fan of mythology as well as historical and archaeological masterpieces will enjoy this site in Greece that is located on Delos Island. Delos Island was a holy sanctuary for a millennium before it became the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis in Olympian Greek mythology. It was dedicated to Apollo by the people who lived in Naxos before 600 BC. Originally the terrace held 9 to 12 marble guardian lions that sat along the Sacred Way. Only 5 survived the test of time though there are fragments of three others. The ones that survived were moved to the Delos Museum in 1999.
8. The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid sits on top of a rock in the Copenhagen harbor at Langelinie which is located in Denmark. For a statue she is relatively small at only 1.25 meters high and weighing only 175kg. She was designed by Edvard Eriksen and erected in 1913 to commemorate a play called the “Little Mermaid”. To prevent tourists from climbing onto her and to prevent vandalism the Copenhagen officials decided to move her further into the harbour because she has had to be restored several times.
7. The Thinker
Auguste Rodin created this bronze sculpture of a no cloth man that is about life sized sitting on a rock with his chin in one hand as if lost in thought. However, he was not alive long enough to see it completely built. This is the statue most often representing philosophy. Total 28 full sized castings create him which makes the figure about 73 inches high.
6. The Motherland Calls
In Volgograd, Russia you will find the Motherland Calls statue. It was built to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad. In 1967 it was declared the world’s largest statue at 279 feet though it has lost that title now. The unique thing about this lady is the complexity of the statue from an engineering standpoint. It shows the Motherland raising a sword high into the air with her right hand and her left hand is extended back in a calling gesture. There are 200 steps that lead up from the bottom of the hill to this statue which is a symbolic gesture that stands for the 200 days of the battle.
5. Moai Statues
Polynesian colonizers built these statues on Easter Island which is one of the most isolated islands in the world back between 1250 and 1500 AD. They were built to represent deceased ancestors and may have also been built as an embodiment of powerful chiefs both of that time and before. The tallest, which is called Paro was 33 feet high and weighed 75 tons. Another was heavier at 85 tons but shorter. An unfinished statue would have weighed about 270 tons if it had been completed and would have measured about 69 feet tall. When Europeans first came to the island these statues were still standing though later issues brought them down. About 50 moai statues have been rebuilt on Easter Island and in various museums.
4. David Statue
This Renaissance sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504. It was built to represent David who was a Biblical hero. It is a man standing no cloth and it was created by the Italian artist Michelangelo. The statue depicts David before a battle whereas most statues of him portray him after the battle and as a hero. It stands 17 feet tall and is made of marble. Since 1873, the original statue has been inside of the Accademia Gallery in Florence. The replica of it is in the Piazza della Signoria where the original was built.
3. Christ the Redeemer
This amazing statue of Christ sits on the beak of a 2,300 foot tall mountain known as the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world and stands 98 feet tall plus it stands on top of a pedestal that is 26 feet tall. Christ stands with his arms outstretched a very large 92 feet.
2. The Great Sphinx of Giza
This Egyptian statue is recognizable throughout the world and is commonly called, “Sphinx”. It is made of limestone and depicts a mythical creature that has a human head on top of a lion’s body. It was a monumental sculpture and most say that it was built by the Egyptians around the time of 2558-2532 BC. It is located on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile. It holds the title of being the largest monolith statue and stands 241 feet long, 63 feet wide, and 66.34 feet high.
1. The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York is where this lady calls home. This is a befitting place for a statue that stands for freedom. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States as a gift on the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and for many people who travel to the United States from other countries it is the first piece of the US that they will see.
The top 10 most famous statues in the world are truly a part of history that everyone should see. They are amazing creations that have stood the test of time relatively unscathed so that we can learn from the past and catch a glimpse of what life was all about at that time.