Away Holidays | Memories of the Colossus: Giant Statues of the World

Throughout human architectural history size has always mattered. Around the world many cities have tried to embody their ideals, and outdo their neighbours, with colossal statues. These colossal monuments like the Cristo Redentor or the Spring Temple Buddha inspire whole nations and no journey around the world could possibly be complete without experiencing at least one giant statue.

Away HolidaysThe word ‘colossal’ is in fact derived by the original giant statue: the Colossus of Rhodes. The Colossus famously stood with a leg either side of the harbour into Rhodes. The Colossus, along with the immense Statue of Zeus on the Acropolis of Athens, made two of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Both of these legendary monuments have however been lost to the passage of time unfortunately, but fortunately mankind has more than made up for their loss with even bigger statues.

The tallest statues in the world today are mostly based around East Asia and dedicated to the veneration of the Great Buddha. The Spring Temple Buddha in China stands at an incredible 420ft high, that’s twice the height of the US’ Statue of Liberty and Russia’s Motherland Calls. Myanmar, Japan and Thailand are all close runners up with their own epic representations of Buddha.

The two largest non-religious statues can both be found in Russia. Volgograd is home to the Motherland Calls, a 279ft beauty representing the courage of Russian resistance in the battle of Stalingrad. The Motherland Calls, inspired by the beautiful Winged Victory of Samothrace, is one of the few giant statues to successfully capture naturalistic movement and form.

Slightly taller at 315ft is the Peter the Great Statue in Moscow is another highly artistic statue. Peter the Great has however attracted controversy being called ugly and critics have questioned why Moscow should venerate a leader who famously hated the city. Historians also questioned why he’s depicted on a boat, some sources have claim the statue was originally a monument to Christopher Columbus hastily redesigned after the US rejected it.

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