Large statues have been constructed since ancient times. The Great Sphinx, built by the ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom, is 20 meter (66.34) high and is still one of the biggest statues in the world.
Over the past 30 years the world has seen the construction of ever taller and bigger statues. This list features the current largest statues in the world.
1. Spring Temple Buddha
The Spring Temple Buddha is the largest statue in the world. The total height of the monument is 153 meter (502 ft) including a 20 meter (66 ft) lotus throne and a 25 meter (82 ft) building.
Construction of the Spring Temple Buddha was planned soon after the Bamiyan Buddhas were blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The statue was finished in 2008 and depicts Vairocana Buddha.
2. Laykyun Setkyar
The Laykyun Setkyar is the second tallest statue in the world at 130 meters including a 13.5 meter throne. It was built on top of Po Kaung Hills near the city of Monywa in central Myanmar.
At its foot lies the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The Laykyun Setkyar was completed in 2008, the reclining Buddha in 1991.
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3. Ushiku Daibutsu
The Ushiku Daibutsu is located in the city of Ushiku in Japan.
Finished in 1995, the figure is the 3rd largest statue in the world, standing a total of 120 meters (394 feet) high including the 10m (30 ft) base and a 10m (30 ft) high lotus platform.
Visitors to the Buddha statue can take an elevator to a platform where an observation deck is situated. The bronze-plated figure depicts Amitabha Buddha, and is also known as Ushiku Arcadia.
Inspired by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Cristo-Rei shrine was inaugurated in 1959 after a 10 year building period.
The statue is about the same size as its famous model in Rio, 28 meter (92 ft) high, but it stands on a 82 (209 ft) meter tall structure in the form of a gate so the total height of the monument is 110 meters (361 ft).
At the base of the statue is an observation deck providing panoramic views of the city of Lisbon.
5. Guan Yin Statue
The 108 meter (354 ft) tall statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin is situated on the south coast of China’s Hainan island.
The statue has three aspects with one side facing inland and the other two facing the South China Sea. The statue took 6 years to build and was finished in 2005.
6. Emperors Yan and Huang
The sculpture of Emperors Yan and Huang were carved into a mountain over a period of 20 years and was completed in 2007.
The sculpture is 106 meter (345 ft) tall and depict two of the earliest Chinese emperors, Yan Di and Huang Di. China’s “Mount Rushmore” is located inside the Yellow River Scenic Area near Zhengzhou.
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7. Rodina Mat
Located in Kiev, the Rodina Mat statue is modeled after a symbol made during World War II to mobilize the Soviet people.
The stainless steel statue was finished in 1981 and stands 62 meter (203 ft) tall on top of a museum building with the overall structure measuring 102 m (335 ft) and weighing 560 tons.