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Colossal Statue

Below is an illustrated index of the 9 Colossal Statue profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Charonion
    Antioch, Turkey
    This carved stone bust in the mountainside above Antioch dates from the 3rd century BC and was probably created in the hopes of averting a plague.
  • Wat Traimit
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Wat Traimit is home to the magnificent Golden Buddha, the largest solid-gold Buddha image in the world. Cast 900 years ago, it was hidden under plaster until its rediscovery in 1957.
  • Cristo de la Concordia
    Cochabamba, Bolivia
    Just a few centimeters higher than Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba is believed to be the largest statue of Christ in the world.
  • Reformation Wall
    Geneva, Switzerland
    This huge monument was constructed in 1917 to commemorate Geneva's significant role in the Reformation. It features an array of stone statues, bas-reliefs and inscriptions.
  • Great Sphinx of Giza
    Giza, Egypt
    Shrouded in mystery and having alleged connections to Atlantis, this great sculpture continues to fascinate visitors. It is thought to be an ancient guardian of Khafre's pyramid.
  • Giant Buddha of Leshan
    Leshan, China
    This is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved out of a cliff by an 8th-century monk to calm the turbulent confluence of three rivers. Each eyebrow is 18 feet long.
  • Colossi of Memnon
    Luxor, Egypt
    The first main sight across the Nile from Luxor are these two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For 3,400 years, they have guarded his mortuary temple.
  • Todaiji
    Nara, Japan
    Founded when Nara was the capital, Todaiji was the head temple of all provincial temples in Japan. It is home to the largest Buddha statue in Japan, which weighs 250 tons.
  • Christ the Redeemer
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Completed in 1931, this famous statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro is the second largest of its kind in the world. It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.