Tuesday, May 8, 2012

World’s 5 Most Famous Statues

In ancient history, people did everything that they can in order to commemorate something or someone. Through the making of large statues, humans were able to put a large mark in history by letting people know about their victories, their hardships, as well as their wealth. With the number of famous statues that you can see in the world, it would take you a whole lifetime as well as a king’s fortune to see them all. However, if you want to see the ones that really matter, you should read further into this article as we count down the best statues that everybody should see before dying.

1. Statue of David

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This statue is made by the artist named Michelangelo back in the renaissance period. It stands 5.17 meters tall and it is made out of marble. The statue depicts the biblical character named David before his fight with the monstrous Goliath. The whole thing is a nude statue of David in which he stands firmly on one foot and relaxed on the other. His face looks as if he is ready for battle with his slingshot hung over the shoulders. The great thing about this statue is that it is anatomically accurate with regards to proportions of the human body.

2. Spring Temple Buddha

This is currently the tallest statue in the world and it stands about 128 meters. It depicts the Vairocana Buddha. This statue is relatively new as it was finished around the year 2002. A lot of money was spent in the building of this monument and it was recorded that the whole project costs around $55 million. The whole statue stands on top of a monastery and it is called as such because of its location near the Tianrui hot spring.

3. Mount Rushmore

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The US Nation is truly proud of this statue since it depicts four of its greatest presidents namely, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The whole thing is made out of granite and it measures about 18 meters. The main reason for its creation is to boost the tourism in South Dakota. The original design was supposed to include the torsos of these people but unfortunately, insufficient funding left them with only the creation of the heads.

4. The Mamayev Monument

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This statue used to be the largest monument in the world before the spring temple Buddha was created. The whole thing stands 52 meters and a lot of experts say that this is a very complex monument in terms of its architecture. It depicts a woman holding a sword with her right hand raised and the left hand outstretched as if calling people to battle. This is a commemorating statue of the battle of Stalingrad.

5. Great Sphinx of Giza

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This is the oldest among the five and also a bit different from the bunch. The statue depicts the mythical creature named the sphinx. It has the body of a lion and a head of a human being. It stands over 73.5 meters and is believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians. The statue used to be buried completely under the sand but today it is completely dug up and the whole figure of the sculpture can be seen from afar.

All of these statues are amazing. You would sometimes wonder how people are able to do this huge feats and how these structures are able to stand the test of time. Whatever the case may be, it is a must for you to see these statues while you are still alive.

If you are looking for something just as appealing but maybe not quite as extravagant many people are now opting to have marble worktops and tiles fitted in their kitchen. Whilst it’s no sculpture marble is a wonderful material that has a certain beauty in and of itself.

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