Colossal statues are the very definition of monumental. These sculptures are the most enormous you’ll ever see in the world and are both insane and utterly magnificent.
Here we’ve rounded up a list of 15 of the most amazing (and terrifying) colossal statues in the world.
#15. The Motherland Calls, Russia
The Motherland Calls is a statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. It was designed by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin, and declared the largest statue in the world in 1967. Today, it is the tallest statue of a woman in the world.
It also has this person sized mouth that threatens to inhale all the good oxygen that’s left in the world …
#14. Guan Yu Statue, China
That scowling giant about to march off and fight Godzilla is a first-century Chinese general named Guan Yu.
Guan Yu (died 220) was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the dynasty and the establishment of the state of Shu Han – founded by Liu Bei – in the Three Kingdoms period. The guy started as a run-of-the-mill soldier, but legend turned him into a god who holds a spot in Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
The statue was made with more than 500 tonnes of copper and 2,000 tonnes of steel. It is 61 meters tall, to mark Guan’s 61-year life. (Also, the foundation of the statue is 19 meters high, reflecting the fact that Guan spent 19 years in Yuncheng.)
Oh, and apparently he is even responsible for the badass Guan Dao weapon.
#13. Spring Temple Buddha, China
Standing 128 m (420 ft) tall, not including a 20 m (66 ft) lotus pedestal, this is officially the tallest statue in the world. The behemoth statue is located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. Beneath the statue there is a Buddhist monastery, the Foquan Temple, built during the Tang dynasty. The temple houses the “Bell of Good Luck”, which claimed the title of heaviest functioning bell in the world.
The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring, which spews water at 60°C and is renowned in the area for its curative properties.
#12. Colossal Statue of Shapur I, Iran
The second Sassanian king, Shapur I, ruled from 240 to 272 AD. As the Sassanid Kings’ crowns all differed and depended on strict governance, the statue was easily identified. The impressive 21 ft. (6.7 m) statue was masterfully sculpted from a stalagmite inside the Shapur Cave not far from the ancient city of Bishapur.
No longer in situ (on location,) the artwork broke free from its original position during an earthquake some time after the 14th century. However, it has since been placed on pillars near its original feet. Missing parts of its arms and legs, the statue is nonetheless beautifully preserved, and is remarkably elaborate.
#11. Dying Lion of Lucerne, Switzerland
The Dying lion sculpture, also known as lion of Lucerne, can be found within Lucerne city of Switzerland. This statue was designed in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the French revolution in 1792 for king Louis XVI. The Latin inscription on the statue “Helvetiorum fidei AC virtuti” means “To the loyalty and bravery of Swiss”.
The lion monument was carved down in sandstone rock beside a pond. It was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who finished it in 1821.
#10. Avukana Buddha Statue, Sri Lanka
The Avukana Buddha statue is one of biggest attractions in ancient Sri Lanka. It also stands as the tallest Buddha statue in the country. This 40 feet high Buddha statue was carved out during the 5th century in massive granite rock.
Avukana Buddha statue reflects the mixture of Gandhara and Amaravati school art. The expression of face of statue reflect the spiritual supremacy.
#9. Apennine Colossus, Italy
This is the most spectacular attraction in villa demidoff garden in Florida, Italy. Looking like something straight out of Lord of the Rings, the sculpture stands as a protector of the pond beside him.
It was constructed in 1518 by the Italian sculptor Giambologna and stands 35 feet tall. The shaggy beard and posture has become a special attraction for all visitors. There is also a passageway inside the statue, that leads to the fountain of the garden.
#8. The African Renaissance Monument
The African Renaissance Monument is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar, Senegal.
The African Renaissance Monument was born from the mind of a Senegalese president known for vanity projects, financed by $37 million in taxes from the people of a Third World country, and built by North Korea. This monument on the coast of Senegal might be the world’s best advertisement for getting your way no matter how much everyone disagrees with you.
#7. Tirthankara Jain Sculptures, India
Tirthankara Jain sculptures are one of finest attractions in ancient city of Gwalior, india. These sculptures also shows off the architectural skills of minorities of Jainism. Visitors can see hundreds of Jain sculptures in different sizes, the tallest sculptures are about 57 feet tall.
#6. El Mesteno, Denver
The Denver International Airport has something no other airport in the world has. Or, for that matter, wants. It’s a statue of a horse called El Mesteno, and its demonic gaze is the very first thing greeting you when you step out of the airport building …
This terrifying 32 feet tall statue was created by Luis Jimenez, who actually got killed by the demon horse in his studio when a large section of the statue fell on him and severed an artery in his leg …
#5. Statue of Decebalus, Romania
This is the tallest rock carving in Europe. Located in the bank of danube river in Orsova, it was built in the memory of Dacian king Decebalus. It took 10 years to complete this incredible rock structure, which was commissioned by historian Losif Constantin Dragan. The statue of Decebalus is over 40 meters tall, making it even taller than Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro.
#4. Giant Buddha of Bingling Si, China
This 100 feet heigh giant Buddha statue is the main attraction of Bingling temple, situated in Yongjing, China. There are 183 caves located in the Bingling temple series, and its construction took almost 1000 years to complete!
The wooden walkway on the side of the huge sculpture, help the visitors to get a close view of the giant Buddha.
#3. Mount Rushmore, United States
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is visited by nearly three million people each year that come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.
#2. Leshan Giant Buddha, China
Leshan giant Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world, located in city of Leshan, China. This 233 foot tall stone Buddha, designed in the 8th century, is carved in a cliff side of Xijuo peak. The statue actually faces mount Emei, one of the holiest sites of Buddhism in China.
Haitong, who commissioned the construction of this giant sculpture, believed that Buddha would calm down the river currents which flows near to where the sculpture is situated.
#1. Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza, also known as the Father of Dread or the The Terrifying One in Arabic, is a limestone statue of a mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.
It’s the largest and oldest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 meters (241 ft) long, 19.3 meters (63 ft) wide, and 20.22 m (66.34 ft) high, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC).
The purpose of the sphinx and how it was constructed remains a mystery to this day.