The Cultural Tutor

The Cultural Tutor



This is the Statue of Unity in India, completed in 2018. At 240 metres tall including its base - nearly three times the height of the Statue of Liberty - it's the tallest statue in the world. Here are eleven more marvels of colossal sculpture...

2. The Temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt (1264 BC) These four huge statues, each twenty metres tall, represent Pharaoh Ramesses II.

3. African Renaissance Monument in Senegal (2010) At 54 metres tall, this bronze statue is the tallest in Africa.

4. Sendai Daikkanon in Japan (1991) Exactly 100 metres tall, this statue of Byakue Kannon was the tallest in the world when completed.

5. The Motherland Calls in Russia (1967) The tallest statue in Europe, at 85 metres.

6. Leshan Giant Buddha in China (800 AD) Over 70 metres in height, this is the tallest pre-modern statue anywhere in the world.

7. Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue in Mongolia (2008) Made from stainless steel and standing 40 metres tall, this is the tallest equestrian statue in the world.

8. Monumento a la Virgen de la Paz in Venezuela (1983) Built from concrete and 47 metres tall, this is the tallest statue of Mary in the world and the tallest statue in South America.

9. Spring Temple Buddha in China (2008) The second tallest statue in the world, at over 150 metres including its base.

10. David by Michelangelo (1504) Not as tall as the other statues mentioned here, but the famous David is still 5 metres tall - bigger than many realise.

11. Appennine Colossus in Tuscany, Italy (1586) This statue, a 30 metre tall allegory for the Appennine Mountains in Italy, was created for the private villa of Francesco de Medici by the Flemish sculptor Giambologna.

12. Christ the King Statue in Poland (2010) This is, at 52 metres, the tallest statue of Jesus anywhere in the world.

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