Dec 092014

most splendid statues

The world has witnessed many transitions from the stone age to the period of technological enhancements. Various sculptures, majestic monuments and statues have been made in various periods and in various parts of the world.

The first statue ever created was called the Lion Man, created almost 32,000 years ago. Numerous statues and monuments have been created till date, be it of a deity, of significant people or to mark any historical event. While each statue has its own story to tell, some of them are widely acclaimed and even considered as landmark to represent their respective cities.

Here we present you the list of 5 most splendid statues of the world:

The Great Sphinx of Giza

Located at the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza, is a limestone statue a mythical creature featuring a lion’s body and a human head.

It is believed that the human face of the Sphinx represents the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.

Known as the oldest sculpture of the world, the Great Sphinx of Giza is also the largest monolith statue in the world with a length of 241 ft and width of 63 ft.

It is said that the Sphinx was built by ancient Egyptians during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra in approximately 2500 BC.

The Motherland Calls

Located in Volgograd, Russia, the Motherland Calls it a statue in Mamayev Kurgan

Built in 1967, the Motherland Calls was built to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad.

The Motherland Calls was designed by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin and was declared as the largest statue in the world in 1967 with a height of 279 ft.

The tallest statue of a woman in the world, the Motherland Calls is also the last non-religious statue to be declared the largest.

The statue is significantly more complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand extended in a calling gesture.

The Thinker

A bronze sculpture, the Thinker is usually placed on a stone pedestal. The magnificent statue was designed by Auguste Rodin.

Auguste Rodin first conceived the figure in 1880 as a small plaster version, while its bronze casting was made in around 1902, but was not presented to the public until 1904.

The sculpture of Thinker shows a nude male figure of over life-size sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep in thought.

The statue of Thinker is often used to represent Philosophy.

Although there are about 28 full size castings, but not all were made during Rodin’s lifetime.

Christ the Redeemer

Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ.

Created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa Brazil in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot, Christ the Redeemer was constructed between 1926 and 1931.

Located at the Peak of Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone and is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world with a height of 98 ft.

Statue of Liberty

Located on Liberty Island in Manhattan, United Stated, the Statue of Liberty, is a colossal neoclassical sculpture designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

The statue was a gift from the people of France to celebrate the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The construction of the statue was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York the following year.

Statue of Liberty features a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata with July 4, 1776 (the date of the American Declaration of Independence) inscribed on it a long with a broken chain that lies at her feet.

The statue stands as an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.
A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, Christ the Redeemer is Brazil’s most famous monument and has become an icon for Rio de.

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