On the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat’s Narmada district. The Statue of Unity measures 182 metres in height. The height was picked as ‘182’ metre to match the total Assembly constituencies in Gujarat. The Statue of Unity beats China’s ‘Spring Temple Buddha’ as the world’s tallest statue and is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
Here is a look at the other top statues of the world:
TALLEST STATUES IN THE WORLD
Spring Temple Buddha
Location: Lushan County, Henan, China
Height: 420 feet (128 metres)
The statue was built between 1997 and 2008. With its 82-foot-tall pedestal, the monument rises to a total height of 502 feet (153 metres). The project cost $55 million, of which nearly $18 million was spent on constructing the statue. Beneath the statue is a Buddhist monastery.
Location: Khatakan Taung, near Monywa, Myanmar
Height: 360 feet (116 metres)
The statue of Buddha stands on a 44 feet (13.5 metres) throne. Construction began in 1996 and it was completed on February 21, 2008. The statue has 31 floors, referring to the 31 realms of the life cycle as per Buddhist literature.
Location: Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Height: 393 feet (110 metres)
The statue which was completed in 1993, held the record of the tallest statue from 1993-2002. The statue made of bronze stands in Ushiko, Japan.
Statue of Liberty
Location: New York, United States of America
Height: 305 feet (93 metres)
America’s iconic Statue of Liberty was inaugurated on October 18, 1886. It was meant to represent democracy and freedom. The statue was built by French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel and the Eiffel Tower in Paris is named after him.
The Great Buddha
Location: Wiset Chai Chan, Ang Thong, Thailand
Height: 301 feet (92 metres)
Also known as the Big Buddha of Thailand, the statue is painted gold and made of concrete. Located in the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong Province, the construction of the statue took about 18 years.
The Motherland Calls
Location: Volgograd, Russia
Height: 278 feet (85 metres)
Located in Volgograd, Russia, the statue was built in the memory of the Battle of Stalingrad. The 278-feet memorial was designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich and Nikolai Nikitin.