Colossal statues are sometimes referred to as living rocks , those which have almost three times as size of original object. These most durable art forms also becomes one of best carvings in the world. Here the list of 10 most amazing colossal statues in the world.
9 Colossal Statue of Shapur I, Iran
Colossal statue of Shapur I can be located in Shapur cave in the city of Bhishapur, Iran. It was build in the memory of Shapur I, the second king of Sassanid empire. This impressive colossal statue have height of 6.7 meters and have breath of 2 meters.
This statue was made of using huge stalagmite rocks, which extract from the floor of caves. The concrete pillars at the feet protect this statue from Earthquakes. Some parts of arms and legs missed from this statue. The wide trousers and upper garments reflects the dressing style of Sassanid empire. It is also possible to see some of jewellery carvings om this statue.
8 Dying Lion of Lucerne, Switzerland
Dying lion sculpture also known as lion of Lucerne found within Lucerne city of Switzerland. This statue was designed in the memory o soldiers who lost their lives in French revolution in 1792 for king Louis XVI. ‘Helvetiorum fidei AC virtuti’ The Latin inscription on the statue meant that ‘To the loyalty and bravery of Swiss’.
The lion monument was carved down in sandstone rock beside of pond. This monument have length of 10 meter and height of 6 meter. It was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, started work in 1818 and finished in 1821.
7 Avukana Buddha Statue, Sri Lanka
Avukana Buddha statue is one of attractions from ancient Sri Lanka. It is also stands as the tallest Buddha statue of the country. This 40 feet high Buddha statue carved out during 5th century in massive granite rock.
Avukana Buddha statue reflect the mixture of Gandhara and Amaravati school art. The straight Buddha statue stands with right hand rising posture, also can see robe clutches at left shoulder.The expression of face of statue reflect the spiritual supremacy.
6 Apennine Colossus, Italy
It is the most spectacular attraction in villa demidoff garden in Florida, Italy. It was constructed in 1518 by the Italian sculptor Giambologna. The sculpture stood like the protector of pond beside him.
Apennine colossus have height of 35 feet, the shaggy beard and posture becomes special attraction for all visitors. There is also passageways inside of this statue, leading to the fountain of garden.
5 Tirthankara Jain Sculptures, India
Tirthankara Jain sculptures are one of finest attractions in ancient city of Gwalior, india. These sculptures also shows off the architectural skills of minorities of Jainism. Visitors can see hundreds of Jain sculptures in different sizes, the tallest sculptures have height of 57 feet.
All of these Jain sculptures designed back in 15th century. Actually these sculptures belong to different groups according to the figure of them, postures of seated Adinatha and seated Neminath.
4 Statue of Decebalus, Romania
It is the tallest rock carving of Europe, located in the bank of danube river in Orsova. It was built in the memory of Dacian king Decebalus. It took 10 years for the completion of this rock structure, commissioned by historian Losif Constantin Dragan. Statue of Decebalus have height of 40 meters, means taller than that of Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro.
3 Mount Rushmore, United States
Mount Rushmore national monument can be located in South Dakota in United States. The faces of U.S presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved within rock of Mount Rushmore. More than 3 millions of people visit this national monument every year.
Starting from 1927 it took almost 14 years for completion of this beautiful monument. It stands as the iconic symbol of presidential greatness and can see history alives in stone.
2 Leshan Giant Buddha, China
Leshan giant Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world, located in city of Leshan, China. This 233 foot tall stone Buddha designed in 8th century, carved in cliff side of Xijuo peak. The statue actually facing mount Emei, Leshan giant Buddha along with mount Mei also get listed on UNESCO’s world heritage sites.Mount Emei is one of holiest sites of Buddhism in China.
Haitong, who commissioned the construction of this giant sculpture believed that Buddha would calm down the river currents which flows near to where sculpture situated. There also remains a local saying ‘Mountain is a Buddha and Buddha is a mountain’ after the construction of this giant sculpture.
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1 Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
Great sphinx of Giza or Sphinx is the largest monolith statue in the world, also oldest monument known to human, situated in Giza in bank of nile. This immense stone sculpture is a combination of human head and lion body. The 20 meter high monument have length of 73 meters, built between 2558 to 2532 BC.
It was constructed using enormous blocks of different kinds of limestones. The purpose of sphinx still remain as a mystery. Archaeologists believed that it was a memorial of emperors of ancient Egypt. There also sphinx temple connecting to this complex structure, no encryption found out from here still now.