With its 153 meters high (including the stand), this colossal statue boasts the title of the world's highest sculpture. Located near the source of Tianrui, with hot springs and therapeutic properties, at its core lies the Manantial Temple, called in English 'Spring Temple' with a confusion within the translation of the word spring as its usual meaning and not as the word manantial.
The statue of Buddha in Tsuchiura (Japan) with its 120 meters in steel and bronze represents the 12 light rays that according to tradition the wise spread to the world. The sculpture is a four storey building with museums, shops and places of worship and around it various festivals are organized during the year. As a curiosity, the 2.5 meters of each of its eyes speak for themselves of its impressive dimensions.
The Christs of Corcovado , Cochabamba and Swiebodzin
Under these names there is a big dispute about where is the world's largest statue of Jesus. If we take popularity as the most important feature, Christ the Redeemer or Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is the absolute winner. From its 38 meters height (located on the top of Corcovado Mountain at 710 meters above sea level), it has become an icon of the country and is now part of the New Seven Wonders of the World chosen in 2007. Less known but with the title of the world's largest one is the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba (Bolivia), 40 meters high and with access to its huge arms from where visitors can admire the Cerro de San Pedro on which is situated. Third on the list is the statue of Christ the King in Swiebodzin (Poland), noted for its 36 meters and his golden and impressive crown.
Located in the capital of Russia the statue of Peter the Great , one of the legendary Tsars of the Romanov Dynasty, measures 93 meters high and it is made of stainless steel, bronze and copper. It is said that originally the statue was dedicated to Christopher Columbus, but the sculptor Tsereteli failed to sell it and he ended up renaming it with the name of the Tsar and placing it in Moscow, something that has never pleased the citizens of the capital for its looks not so aesthetics.
Something similar to the height dispute of the statues of Christ in the world is the representations of the deity Guan Yin, one of the most revered in Asia whose name means 'the listener of the world's lament'. The most spectacular of all with its 108 meters high is the one situated on the island of Hainan, in the Chinese province of Sanya, although the most beautiful it is probably the one built in the city of Macau that we had the chance to see on our coffee there and that we also draw in one of our postcards.
The gold of these huge statues make them similar from many feet away. With its 130 meters high (including stand), the representation of Buddha in Mount Po Kaung Monywa in Burma is the second tallest statue in the world, competing in glitter and gold with Sakayamunee Big Buddha and its 92 meters located in the monastery of Wat Muang, north of Bangkok (Thailand).
With this slogan was lifted in 1967 in Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, and in commemoration of the Battle of Stalingrad a monumental statue on the Mamayev Kurgan hill. Created by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin, during its inauguration was declared the largest statue of that time. When compared with the statues today, higher, its complexity in terms of engineering due to its composition and the pose of the figure represented remains striking.
Shiva is one of the main gods of Hinduism. God of Destruction, it is however also of Transformation and through those two gets the renovation of the universe. Its representations are always spectacular and huge. Although the best known are the ones located in Murudeshwara and in Bangalore (India), both of enormous size and representing the deity sitting in meditation, others like the one at the sacred lake Ganga Talao in Mauritius surrounded by trees are also worthy to admire.