You’re not going to visit all 10 of these statues in person, but you can visit them with your mind through this article about the world’s biggest statues! We give you the best 10 massive statues and then let you decide which one is the most majestic, giving you the information you need to make your own opinion. If we didn’t mention your favorite huge statue in this list of the world’s most massive statues, just tell us what it was in the comments section so we can add it on!
The Colossi of Memnon
One of the most famous statues in the world, The Colossi of Memnon is a pair of massive human-headed statues near the ancient city of Luxor, in southern Egypt. They were created to commemorate Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned from about 1386 to 1349 BC. The statues are at least 23 meters (75 feet) tall with their pedestals and weigh an estimated 900 tons each. Sadly, they have been damaged by weathering and vandalism over the years.
The Statue of Liberty
One of the world’s most recognizable symbols of freedom is the Statue of Liberty in New York City. It was a gift from France, designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. Its construction began in 1875, and it was completed on October 28, 1886.
The Great Sphinx
A popular tourist attraction in Giza, Egypt, the Great Sphinx is a statue of a reclining sphinx. It was sculpted from limestone quarried from the nearby range. The head of the Great Sphinx is now missing and for centuries it was assumed that this part had been destroyed or hidden when Napoleon’s soldiers invaded Egypt.
Nelson’s Column, London
Nelson’s Column is a monument in Trafalgar Square, London that commemorates the victory of British Admiral Horatio Nelson against French and Spanish forces at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The column was constructed between 1840 and 1843 to a design by William Railton at the behest of Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert.
Spring Temple Buddha, China
At 128 meters tall and weighing over 1200 tons, the Spring Temple Buddha is the largest statue in the world. Located in Lushan County, Heilongjiang Province, China, this colossal statue was constructed from 1997-2008 and has been recognized as one of the new seven wonders of the world. The Spring Temple Buddha is not only one of the tallest statues in the world but also one of its most durable.
Laykyun Setkyar, Myanmar (Burma)
Standing at 88.4 meters and weighing over 1000 tons, this massive statue of the Buddha is found in the small town of Laykyun Setkyar in Myanmar (Burma). The structure was erected in 2008 to commemorate 20 years since the country adopted democracy.
Located in the town of Vézelay, France, this statue of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ is over ten meters tall and was sculpted from stone. The statue was originally commissioned by Saint Bernard in 1147 as a sign of faith for the people during an epidemic. This sculpture has since been used as a pilgrimage site for Christians all around the world.
St. Martin’s church, Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic
Standing tall at over 100 feet, the statue of St. Martin is the second tallest in Europe and one of only a few to be taller than 100 feet. The 20th century sculptor Josef Václav Myslbek wanted to create a statue that would stand as a symbol of Christianity in his homeland, Czechoslovakia. His original design was for a 40-foot tall statue depicting Christ’s ascension into Heaven with an angel helping him rise up toward the clouds.
Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan
A massive statue of the Buddha is the centerpiece of Ushiku Daibutsu, a Buddhist temple in Japan. In 1989, the statue was built in honor of Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. The statue stands at 108 meters tall and weights 121 tons. It cost $8 million to make and took two years to build.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer is a Brazilian statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was inaugurated on October 12, 1931 and it measures 30 meters in height. The statue weighs 635 tons and is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. It has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by popular vote in 2007.