Top 20 Tallest And Most Majestic Statues In The World
Statues are generally built in order to commemorate important personalities and events, but in order for them to truly catch the eye and deliver their message, they need to be as big as possible. Naturally, the shape of the statue and the attention to detail that goes into its creation are very important factors as well, and since we are talking about monumental structures that are hundreds of feet tall, there is no room for error. The list you are about to read contains 20 of the world’s tallest and most majestic statues, including the gorgeous Statue of Liberty and the incredible Leshan Giant Buddha.
Statue of Liberty
Even though you might not expect it, the Statue of Liberty is actually the smallest statue on our list, and that is because it measures “just” 151 feet in height. However, since it is placed on a pedestal measuring 154 feet, the entire monument soars to 305 feet. The Statue of Liberty, otherwise known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was given to the people of the USA by France in 1886. This extraordinary monument depicts the Roman goddess of freedom Libertas, and it was sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in France before being shipped to New York where it rests to this day.
Virgin of Peace
The Virgin of Peace is a magnificent sculpture made entirely of out concrete that depicts the Virgin Mary. Placed approximately 6.8 miles south of the town of Trujillo in Venezuela, the monument measures 153 feet in height. Despite its incredible size and beauty, the statue receives a modest number of visitors each year. The Virgin of Peace statue was dedicated on December 21, 1983.
Ten Directions Pu Xian Buddha
The Ten Directions Pu Xian Buddha statue can be found on Mount Emei, which is located in China’s Sichuan province. This magnificent structure measures 157 feet in height, and it depicts the Buddha Samantabhadra, which is a bodhisattva often related to meditation and introspection. This particular Buddha is known for his ten great vows, which stand at the core of a bodhisattva’s (enlightened being) existence.
Buddha in Aluthgama
The Buddha statue that can be found in the coastal town of Aluthgama in Sri Lanka is 160 feet tall and looks absolutely spectacular. Widely known as the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world, this magnificent monument was built in 2007 and is now one of the most important tourist attractions in the country.
The Sodoshima Dai-Kannon statue was built in the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan, and it boasts a height of 164 feet. This masterpiece of art and engineering houses a series of prayer halls, an elevator and an observation deck, but some of its most extraordinary features come in the form of a golden crown complemented by a waistband and a necklace. This massive statue honors Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and it was built in 1993 on a site that overlooks the isle of Shodoshima.
Tokyo Wan Kannon
The Kannon statue of Tokyo Bay was built to commemorate the numerous casualties of World War II. The 184-foot tall statue depicts Guanyin – a bodhisattva that is worshipped by Buddhists from East Asia and is usually linked to compassion. Chinese Taoists also worship Guanyin as an immortal being.
Great Standing Maitreya Buddha
The Great Standing Maitreya Buddha is definitely the tallest out of 4 similar statues that can be found in Taiwan. With a height of 236 feet, this particular statue depicts the very important Maitreya Buddha, who is supposed to return to Earth one day in order to share his teachings with the rest of the world according to Buddhist faith. The statue was completed in 2011, and it can be found in Xinzhu County, near Emei Lake.
Guanyin of the South China Sea
The Guanyin of the South China Sea measures 253 feet in height and is located in close proximity to China’s Mount Xiqiao in Nanhai District. The statue was built in 1998, and it is actually 203 feet tall but since it was placed on a 50-foot pedestal, it soars 253 feet towards the sky. The structure is a vivid representation of the the bodhisattva named Guanyin, whose name is an abbreviation of Guanshiyin (Observing the Sounds of the World).
Guze Jibo Daikannon of the Narita-san Temple
The Guze Jibo Daikannon statue of the Narita-san Temple is an extraordinary work of art that can be found in the Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture in Japan. Built in 1983, this magnificent structure boasts a height of 203 feet, and it also depicts the renowned Guanyin bodhisattva holding a small child in her arms.
Mother of the Motherland
The capital of Ukraine, Kiev boasts one of the largest and most beautiful statues in Eastern Europe: Mother of the Motherland. This monumental structure was sketched out by Yevgeny Vuchetich and was constructed in 1981 using stainless steel. The 560-ton landmark measures 203 feet in height and is a part of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The female figure holds a shield measuring 43 by 46 feet in her left hand as well as a 52-foot long sword in her right hand.
Leshan Giant Buddha
Another incredible representation of the Maitreya Buddha can be found in Leshan in the form of the majestic Leshan Giant Buddha statue. This enormous monument is actually cut out of a cliff that can be found at the intersection of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in China. The statue faces the beautiful Mount Emei, and it is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The history of the landmark dates all the way back to 713, when a Chinese monk by the name of Haitong put the wheels in motion regarding its construction.
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
This massive Grand Buddha statue can be found in China, to the south of the Longshan Mountain, in close proximity to Wuxi town. The bronze statue is 289 feet tall, depicts a standing Sakyamuni Buddha and represents one of the tallest, heaviest and most spectacular statues of its kind in the country and in the world. In order to ascend to the base of the statue, visitors need to climb a staircase that comprises 217 steps.
Great Buddha of Thailand
Also known as the Big Buddha or the Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, the Great Buddha of Thailand is the absolute tallest statue in Thailand as well as the world’s ninth tallest statue. With a staggering height of 300 feet and a width of 210 feet, this exquisite masterpiece required 18 years to be complete, and it was made using cement. The exterior of the landmark was painted gold in order to better represent the Gautama Buddha, which is actually the most important figure in Buddhism.
Peter the Great Statue
The Peter the Great Statue can be found in Russia’s capital of Moscow, and it was raised in 1997. Flaunting a height of 315 feet, the statue was designed by Zurab Tsereteli and was made using copper, bronze and stainless steel. The statue’s existence has been plagued by controversy repeatedly in the past, mainly because of its not-so-aesthetic appearance. Nonetheless, one must admit that this massive structure is undoubtedly one of the most imposing in the world, even though its location might be considered inappropriate by many since Peter the Great actually moved the capital of Russia to St. Petersburg at some point.
Another spectacular representation of the Buddhist Bodhisattva Guanyin can be found within the city of Sendai in Japan. With a breathtaking height of 328 feet, this is officially the sixth tallest building in the world as well as one of the most beautiful. The very top of the statue can be reached by visitors by means of a modern elevator, and once arrived, they can all admire spectacular views of the city in its entire splendor.
Emperors Yan and Huang
The fifth tallest statues on the planet were completed in 2007 and measure no less than 348 feet in height. Placed in Zhengzhou, China, these incredible sculptures are vivid representations of two of the most famous emperors of China: Yan Di and Huang Di. The sculptures required 2 decades hard work in order to be complete, and they are definitely some of the most spectacular works of art in the world.
Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya
The largest and most breathtaking representation of Guanyin can be found in the Nanshan Temple of Sanya in China. This enormous statue stands 354 feet high and boasts 3 different faces, each depicting different symbols and gestures. This magnificent creation was raised in just 6 years and was revealed officially to the world in 2005. The Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya is currently the fourth tallest statue in the world.
The Ushiku Daibutsu is so tall that it was actually included into the Guinness Book Of World Records. Its height of 394 feet includes a 32-foot base and a 32-foot pedestal, but this doesn’t mean that the statue itself is anything but breathtaking. The massive bronze structure honors Amitabha Buddha and is equipped with its own elevator that takes visitors up to a superb observation platform.
The second-tallest statue in the world is the Laykyun Setkyar, which can be found in the Khatakan Taung village, in close proximity to Monywa, Myanmar. The construction process of this spectacular landmark started in 1996 and lasted until 2008. Representing Gautama Buddha or the Supreme Buddha, the statue soars 381 feet above the village and welcomes numerous visitors each year.
Spring Temple Buddha
Finally, the absolute tallest statue in the world is the Spring Temple Buddha that was built in Zhaocun, Henan, China. Unveiled in 2008, the statue represents Vairocana Buddha, who is often regarded as the Bliss Body of the historical Buddha. If we are to include its 82-foot pedestal, we find that the Spring Temple Buddha is actually 502 feet tall. Built using approximately 1,100 copper cast pieces, this legendary monument overlooks a beautiful Buddhist monastery.