The Wonderful Places To Visit
1. Terrace Of The Lions, Delos, Greece
Famed for being the birthplace of Apollo and his sister Artemis, Terrace of the Lions is a remarkable archeological site on Delos Island. Dating back to ancient times, this is one of the famous statues in the world which you must cover on your next trip to Greece. The Terrace of the Lions is a series of 12 stone lions places in the exact position that are believed to be built by people of Naxos in the honor of Apollo.
Some of the statues have weathered over the years because of climatic changes. As of now, the actual feline figures have been moved to the nearby museum so that no other statue gets damaged or destroyed.
Erected in: Before 600 BCE
Most popular features of Terrace of the Lions: Replica of marble statues of lions, as many as 16, from 600 BC stand in a sequence.
How to reach Terrace of the Lions: Ferry operates from Mikonos to Delos. Remember, Delos being an archeological site doesn’t have a place to stay. Make sure that yours is a day trip.
2. The Statues Of Mount Nemrut, Turkey
Among all the popular attractions that can be found in the Turkish Mountains, The Statues of Mount Nemrut is the most prominent. At 7000 feet, Mt. Nemrut – the throne of Gods, is a breathtaking beauty located in Turkish mountains that dates back to more than 2000 years. Mount Nemrut is a historical site that houses some of the most famous statues in the world.
On top of the mountains, there are a lot of statues of Greek and Persian gods. Massive as the statues are, they are intricately carved and are believed to be the most significant monument of the Kingdom of Commagene. Over the years, the statues have been damaged, therefore, the government has declared it as a protected zone since 1987.
Most popular features of The Statues of Mount Nemrut: A UNESCO World Heritage site, in 1988 Mt. Nemrut was confirmed as a National Park
How to reach The Statues of Mount Nemrut: Reach Adiyaman, (or Gaziantep or Urfa) from Istanbul by air. Adiyaman is the closest to Nemrut. Take a tour to Khata which is a 45-minute ride from Adiyaman. Minibusses to Adiyaman are available from Urfa as well as Gaziantep. The journey takes 2-3 hours to complete.
3. The Motherland Calls Statue, Russia
This monumental statue in Russia was built in the honor of The Battle of Stalingrad. It stands on the bank of the river Volga and is 85 meters tall. It is built on the Mamayev Hill where a memorial exists in the memory of the heroes of the battle. It is an inspiration to many sculptors from across the world because of its unusual structure challenging the geometry. It is a statue of a woman(Motherland) walking with a raised sword calling on to her sons to stand up for the battle. Visitors have to walk up 200 stairs to reach the statue as it signifies the 200 days of battle. The statue has been reportedly tilting a little due to the groundwater movement that is, in turn, shifting the foundation.
Completed in: 1967
Location: Mamayev Kurgan, Volgograd, Russia.
4. The Manneken Pis, Belgium
Manneken Pis is a bronze fountain statue of a baby boy peeing into a water basin and undeniably one of the famous statues in the world. This 61 cm statue remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of Brussels. It was installed in the 17th Century and is a most visited place in Belgium. It has played an important role in the distribution of drinking water in Brussels. Sometimes it is nice to see the Manneken Pis dressed in different costumes on major occasions. Visitors can find various tourist shops and waffle stands around this junction.
Completed in: 1618 or 1619
Location: Junction of Ryu de l’E yuv and Rue du Chene
5. Great Sphinx Of Giza, Egypt
One of the most famous statues in the world, Great Sphinx of Giza, is a massive work of art that depicts a human head mounted on a massive lion body, all made out of limestone. Watch it at the time of sunset when the sky looks orange-ish with golden sunrays scattered over the massive statue. Add to it the huge Pyramids in the backdrop and there you have, one of the most sumptuous evening ever!
Built in: Approximately 2500 BC
Most popular features of The Great Sphinx Of Giza: Carved from the bedrock of the Giza plateau, Sphinx is a 73 m X 20 m single ridge of limestone, one of the largest single-stone statues in the world, since 1905 people got to see the complete body of the Sphinx, which was covered in sand before.
How to reach The Great Sphinx Of Giza: Take a bus/cab from Midan Tahrir to the Pyramids. Midan Tahrir is Cairo’s public square in the city center, which also serves as the city’s transportation hub. Upon reaching here, you can take a camel or horse ride to reach the Sphinx and Pyramids.
6. Spring Temple Buddha, China
At 128 m, Spring Temple Buddha stands as the world’s tallest statue. It took 11 years to complete this massive structure comprising of 1100 copper casts. The statue standing on a 20 m tall lotus throne is located in Henan province in China. The spring by the temple inspires its name. Such is the charisma of this statue that it would leave you spellbound for sure.
Built in: Between 1997 and 2008
Most popular features of Spring Temple Buddha: The lotus-shaped pedestal also houses a monastery.
How to reach Spring Temple Buddha: Lushan is the closest town to the Spring Temple Buddha. Buses ply from Lushan to the Buddha statue. Since there are no airports nearby, it’s better to take a train from a nearby popular city. If you don’t speak Chinese it’s better to purchase a ticket online as a communication gap can lead to massive confusion at times.