The United States has a wonderful statue that was actually gifted to the nation by the French often called "Lady Liberty." The structure is very tall and can be seen for miles by ships seeking to the wonderful city of New York. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of America's promise of a new day, a new land, and a possible new life for immigrants.
Despite the beauty of the statue and the importance it has to Americans, it's pretty clear by now that it is not the most impressive statue ever made. While it is a wonderful and tremendous statue that could be considered a marvel to behold, there are many other statues in the United States alone that could be considered more impressive. To top it off, the rest of the world has some insanely cool statues too.
While the Statue of Liberty is quite old, there are statues hundreds of years older that could be considered more impressive. If nothing else, you should be impressed with the fact that the people who made the Statue of Liberty had some tools and equipment some other statues did not have. We cannot let the world miss these amazing works of art and pretend Lady Liberty is the most impressive.
Due to our love of the rest of the world and the amazing things they have made, we decided to form a list of 24 statues that could be considered more impressive than the Statue of Liberty.
24 The Sinking Library
While it may come across as more of an art project than a statue, this actually counts in a major way as a statue. A statue counts as any sort of structure carved out of various materials. Normally we consider things like this to be a person or animal, but it could also count for things that are life-like regarding other actual things we might come across in life.
This sinking library happens to be right outside the State Library in Melbourne, Australia. Interestingly, the artist picked a part of the real library to use that can still be seen. Obviously, the remaining portion is present. The idea behind the statue seems to vary depending on who you ask. Typically the concept is that a library lost or one that sinks beneath time can ultimately be a bad thing. In theory, it would make people want to go into the current standing library.
23 Black Ghost Statue
We're pretty sure that when our mothers and fathers told us that there was no such thing as ghosts, they were lying. If there is anything to take away from life it is that sometimes parents lie to protect their child from the truth. There are ghosts, and there is one very prominent figure attached to the land of the expired, and he is known as the Black Ghost. Located in Klaipeda, Lithuania comes a figure so terrifying that the underworld fears the very mention of his name.
While the people of Lithuania call him the Black Ghost, he has many names. The statue hangs on the peer and is presented as a figure coming from the water to take you down to the underworld. It's impressive to see with your own eyes, but truthfully we're impressed by the detail it contains.
22 Mustangs By Robert Glen
When one looks to find a major statue, it might be hard to come across something of significance that is not already vastly well-known. However, we feel we might have come across a bit of art in statue form that could have changed the game a bit when it comes to animal statues at least. The ability to capture an animal can be difficult in a normal stance, but the ability to capture them running too? That is pretty amazing.
They were developed by Robert Glen and can be found in Las Colinas, Texas today. They appear to be running in the water with the water splashing up as if they're in real time. This was sort of designed to allow for water underneath to come up to make things appear this way for those taking an image. It's quite a fantastic piece of art and likely one of the most impressive statue uses in the world.
21 Abu Simbel Temple Statues
Likely one of the most amazing places to visit in the world is Egypt. While it is a bit dangerous to visit these days due to some issues in the nation, it is still a huge tourist area. If you're a history fan, it's likely you've fallen in love with Ancient Egypt in the past and will always remain interested. It's possible that you've always wanted to visit the Abu Simbel Temple, and for obvious reasons. It was officially erected, according to historians, in 1244 B.C. slightly after the passing of Ramesses. It took around 20 years to build. This makes them over 3,000 years old.
The entrance way shows the infamous Egyptian Pharoh Ramesses II seated. Inside you'll find a lot of amazing statues beyond the Pharoh's outside. Interestingly, a second yet smaller temple was erected nearby. Outside of it, you'll see Queen Nefertari's two statues with four of Ramesses. Though smaller, it is not by any means less amazing. The entire Temple was relocated in 1968 to another area due to Lake Nassar and its reservoir being added in. They would have been submerged had they not been moved. They can now be seen high above the Aswan High Dam in Aswan Governate, Egypt.
20 De Vaartkapoen
While this might seem like a humorous thing to see in real life, it is actually an amazing statue that is exactly as it seems. Called De Vaartkapoen, the statue piece shows a man coming out of a sewer to trip a policeman. This was not uncommon to see decades ago, so it basically goes back to an older time period when the people often stood up for each other and kept police from catching someone. Though, it was not as common to see this around the world. It has been a European thing for years.
The statue was made by Tom Frantzen and can be seen in Brussels, Belgium. The statue is right inside the city and passersby will see it with ease as they go down the walkway in the area. While Brussels won't rank as the best city on the planet, it does have a funny statue that is impressively made with great detail. It has stood since 1985, allowing for this piece to be over 30 years old and never once having an issue with falling over.
19 God Shiva Statue In Murudeshwar
While the Hindu God Shiva has multiple statues that can be seen all over the world, the most famous and likely the best and most notable can be found in the city of Murudeshwar in India. Interestingly, it is said Shiva came down to Earth and went by the name of Murudeshwar, which is where the city gets its name. Though it is the second tallest version, it usually stands out due to the impressive way it looks. Shivamogg’s Kashinath and several other sculptors took 20 years to eventually be able to erect this monster of a statue. It stands right at 123 feet, making it one of the largest statues in Asia.
It is flanked by amazing statues at the bottom and a huge 20-story Gopura building next to it that has special carvings in it too. The town and the temple here are ancient, yet the statue of Shiva is a relatively newer construction. It took 50 million rupees to make it, or nearly $730,000. The investment came from businessman and philanthropist R. N. Shetty. Much of the statue is painted, including the gold parts. It was made so the gold would make Shiva shine in the sun, but some of the paint has been coming up. So this statue will likely have to be retouched a lot.
18 Christ Of The Abyss
There are a number of statues dedicated to Jesus Christ in the world today, but perhaps one of the most unique is called Jesus Christ of the Abyss. The statue is underwater and has been in the same spot for decades. The statue was made by Guido Galletti, who put the statue here after his friend passed away during an undersea dive years ago. The statue is located in the Mediterranean Sea between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Rivera.
While this is the original statue, various others have been made and put in locations all over the world. Typically if a church or museum is near the sea, they have added one for patrons to visit. The one basically in Italy has been there since 1954. Grenada and the United States added one in the 1960's. Due to being underwater so long, the original Jesus Christ of the Abyss began looking rough and was in heavy need of cleaning an repair. It would get this in 2003 and then be put back to look amazing once more.
17 The Motherland Calls
Likely one of the most well-known statues in the world if you're on the Eastern side of it, The Motherland Calls is absolutely amazing. Located in Russia, the statue is often a major site for people who come to the area. It's obviously quite massive and serves a major role for the location. She was designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich as well as structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin. In 1967, the statue was declared the tallest in the entire world. Yes, even over Lady Liberty herself.
Today she no longer holds that title, though she is still the tallest statue of a woman in the world, as well as the tallest statue in all of Europe. Obviously, having any sort of title over one of the most famous statues in history is quite amazing. However, when you look at The Motherland Calls it tends to give you a lot pride. A woman-warrior fighting for the people is typically viewed as powerful by the locals and we could not agree more.
16 Tian Tan Buddha
Probably one of the most amazing statues you'll ever see is the magnificent Tian Tan Buddha. Even for people who are not Buddhist, it is a wonderful statue to visit and highly recommended. People who see it are amazed by the beautiful detail and effort it took to see it come together. Due to other Buddha statues in the world, the Tian Tan is often referred to as "the Big Buddha."
Buddhism is a very popular religion in China, so it's no surprising that statues like this would pop up there. It can be seen in Hong Kong, one of the biggest Buddhist territories in the world. It is also one of the youngest major statues in the world. Construction began in 1990 and would be finished in 1993 on the Tian Tan. It actually sits on a three-floor building. The floors contain the "Halls of the Universe." It also contains a very major relic of the Gautama Buddha. It apparently consists of some of his remains, making it a holy place as a result.
15 The Little Mermaid Statue
While making any sort of statue after a Disney film seems odd, don't tell that to the people of Copenhagen in Denmark. To be fair, Disney was barely a thing when this statue was made. On top of this, the movie was decades away from ever being released and animated movies were not due to come out for years. The statue was formed in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen. For those unaware, the tale of The Little Mermaid comes from a story by famed author Hans Christian Anderson.
Hans helped give Disney a ton of future movies. Though Disney did end up changing the story of some to fit the younger audience, it only made the tale that much more popular and the statue as a result. It is now one of the most iconic statues in the world, with many visiting it in Denmark. Since Hans was Danish, it made sense they would make one of his tales into a statue. It sadly has become a popular place for vandals who end up spray painting it or adding things to it these days.
14 African Renaissance Monument
Likely one of the most amazing statues in the world, this statue stands at 49 meters and is completely bronze. It is one of the most amazing statues in the world and now a very popular tourist attraction. Construction began on the statue in 2006 and eventually it was completely formed by 2010. Known as the African Renaissance Monument, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and can be found in Dakar, the capital and biggest city in the African nation of Senegal.
The statue was designed by local Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby. The idea for the statue came from Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, and would eventually be built by Mansudae Overseas Projects. Though it has been criticized by locals due to the expense of the project, it has ultimately made this small African nation well-known. The monument is the tallest statue on the continent of Africa currently and has become a big place to visit for several African men and women.
If the television show Portlandia sounded familiar to you, there's a good reason why. In the city of Portland, Oregon you can find an amazing statue that is simply called Portlandia. It's currently the second largest copper statue in the United States, only behind the Statue of Liberty. The statue would debut in 1985 after Raymond Kaskey and Michael Lasell built sections of it in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. They would send the parts to Portland by ship.
The result was eventually Portlandia, a statue that sits right inside the major city an holds a huge role as one of the best statues in the world. Overall, Portlandia is very rare to see in popular culture. This is due to a copyright held on it, which takes it away from any commercial use without permission by the artist or his family. However, to people from Oregon, it is likely their most prized thing to see. Other than the Trailblazers, of course.
12 Augustus of Prima Porta
Caesar Augustus is the first ever Roman Emperor. After Julius Caesar dominated the world and helped to bring Egypt into the fold, a cue was had. As a result of betrayal, Julius was gone and his partner of sorts in Cleopatra would also pass. Their only son would be taken out on the believed order of Augustus, which resulted in his rise to the throne. He'd take over and lead for years as one of the most significant Roman leaders in history. Many leaders and major people had statues made with their likeness, so it's no surprise Augustus saw this.
However, while his statue is believed to be 1st Century B.C. there is no accurate dating on the statue. It would be undiscovered for centuries and eventually be discovered when his wife, Julia Augusta's tomb was discovered in 1863. This is the only reason we sort of know what Augustus looked like, and the statue would become a huge addition to world history. It currently can be seen in the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy.
11 Angel of Independence
Likely one of the most famous statues in the world comes from an area that many of us know and love, Mexico. Right in the heart of Mexico City sits a beautiful statue often referred to as the "Angel of Independence." Of course, to Mexicans, it is known as El Ángel. The Angel would begin construction in 1900 and eventually become the official statue it is today by 1910. That makes the statue over 100 years old.
The statue was ordered by then-President Porfirio Diaz, with the expressed idea of celebrating Mexico's War of Independence that took place about 100 years prior. It was designed by architect Antonio Rivas Mercado. The Angel has become an amazing site for tourists and it is a known place where protests take place too. Due to technology today, it is often lite up using LED lights in certain time periods. Such as certain holidays or special occasions.
10 Worker And Kolkhoz Statue
The statue known to the world as the Worker and Kolkhoz is considered by many to be one of the most amazing statues ever made. The reason for it is not just due to how impressive the statue is in detail and all things that come with it. Rather, it is due to being made out of pure stainless steel. It would be made by Vera Mukhina special for the 1937 World Fair that took place in Paris, France. It would then be moved to the place it still stands to this day, Moscow, Russia. It has remained here ever since, barring one period.
Due to the fact that this is real stainless steel used, which was pretty hard to not only obtain in the 1930's but also hard to mold...the overall statue is amazing. However, it is very hard to maintain. So they took it down in 2003 to clean it up and restore it to the fresh statue it once was. It would eventually be put back up in 2009. The overall statue is beautiful and has a lot of meaning to the Russian people. It also holds up as one of the coolest things to check out when you're in Russia.
9 Three Soldiers Statue
Likely one of the most detailed an amazing statues you'll ever see is known as The Three Soldiers. It commemorates the soldiers lost during the idiotic Vietnam War. Considered to be the worst blunder in American history, the Vietnam War was one that every President and administration advised against. This would not be known for many years, and upon being uncovered it became one of the biggest stories in American history.
This beautiful statue, designed by Frederick Hart, can be seen in Washington D.C. at the DC National Mall. It shows three men ready to fight, like any good soldier would be. It would be unveiled in 1984 on November 11th of that year, which happens to also be Veteran's Day.
8 The Great Sphinx Of Giza
Likely the most well-known statue on this list would be The Great Sphinx. Located in Giza, Egypt it is over 2,000 years old. It is considered to be one of the most iconic statues in history and yet at the same time, many wondered a lot about it. One of the most common questions asked is where the nose and even beard are? What happened to them? Apparently, it was a case of social belief. Muhammad Sa'im al-Dahr in AD 1378 decided to deface the Sphinx when he saw peasants praying and making offerings to the Sphinx.
Muhammad was a devout Muslim and saw it as sacrilegious. On top of this, he believed in "iconoclasm." This is the art of defacing iconic statues or structures to bring attention to a cause or to belittle something. It is usually done for a religious or political reason, and Muhammad had both. Whatever the reason of why it looks as it does, it is still a must-see statue for the entire world to see.
7 Terrace of the Lions
There does not seem to be anything better in this world than seeing old statues from hundreds of years to thousands of years ago. Mostly because it is amazing to know they were made so long ago. It's pretty amazing, and the statues at "The Terrace of the Lions" are quite amazing. They were made in 600 BCE by the people of Naxos. They were built in honor of the Greek/Roman God Apollo, known by most as the Sun God.
They are often referred to as Apollo's Lion Guard as a result. They are positioned to face East toward the Sacred Lake of Delos. It was believed back then that the God Apollo was born in this area. The thought is that the Lions are keeping guard over his former home and possible resting place. It's more symbolic than anything, of course. However, it is pretty amazing to see.
6 Statues of Mount Nemrut
Likely some of the most intriguing statues you'll ever see are found perched on Mount Nemrut, which is just outside the nation of Turkey. The statues you'll see here were actually created by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. These statues are very old, as the King made them in 62 B.C. and even made the main head look a bit like himself. These statues are massive and happen to portray two lions, two eagles, and various Greek and Persian Gods.
One of the best things to do is to go here later in the day or earlier in the morning, as the look of the sun sheds a really amazing light on the heads of the statues. They came off the bodies after many years. The sun adds a bit more mystery to the whole look of it, and it's likely this will continue to be the case for anyone who comes by the area. Overall, these are a beautiful set of statues the King made. It's hopeful that the next structures we see in the future will have the detail these people did with 2% of the tools we have now.
5 Chopin Statue
As the name indicates, the statue is of the great Frédéric Chopin. Of course, Chopin is a legendary pianist and musical composer who is responsible for some of the greatest music in the history of the world. The statue was designed by Waclaw Szymanowski in 1907, but due to World War I, it did not go up for a while. It was officially cast and erected in 1926 to honor the infamous composer in Warsaw's Royal Bathes Park or Lazienski Park in Poland.
Interestingly, the statue would be blown up in May of 1940. When Germany invaded Poland, they would take down a lot of things. The very first statue they blew up was the Chopin Statue. A local legend tells of someone adding a sign to the fallen statue that read: "I don’t know who destroyed me, but I know why: so that I won’t play the funeral march for your leader." The Chopin Statue would be remade as a replica and would be added to take its place in the late 1950's, and it has stood to this day.
4 The Vulcan Statue
The Vulcan Statue is considered to be one of the most important Southern statues in the nation. To the people of the South, especially to those in Alabama, the Vulcan is as important as any Confederate Statue...and that's saying something. The Vulcan is over 100 years old, as it was made in 1904 to be at the World's Fair that year. It would represent Birmingham at the fair in St. Louis. Italian-born sculptor Giuseppe Moretti is responsible for the Vulcan, and he developed quite a historic statue.
The Vulcan is the largest cast-iron statue in the world, and one of the tallest statues in the United States today. Birmingham is known for its iron and steel factories, which is why the Vulcan ultimately stood for the heart of what the city was at the time. Today, the city still sports many factories but has much more to it. Regardless, the Vulcan still stands out as one of the country's greatest works of art, and THE best statue in the Southern portion of the United States of America.
3 Emperors Yan And Huang Statue
These statues made their debut in the Democratic People's Republic of China back in 2007, making them among the youngest on this list. They are absolutely stunning to look at. The sculptor had to take around 20 years to construct this work of art, and despite having proper tools in this generation it likely took so long due to how it was made. The statues were quite literally carved out of a mountain.
The statues are of two of the early Emperors of China in Yan Di and Huang Di, who were both quite successful in the beginnings of the land we now know today. As a result of their successes and history, the Chinese leaders felt they needed to be heavily viewable for the people. Also, they could look down on the nation. Standing at 348 feet, they are the fifth tallest statues in the world and the tallest non-Buddha or ruler of state statue in the world. They can be seen in Zhengzhou, the capital city in the Henan province in China.
2 Easter Island Heads
The Easter Island Heads, now referred to as "Moai" are infamous by this point. They have become some of the most iconic statues of any kind on the planet. It's not hard to understand why. They are completely unique and until they were discovered it seemed that no one knew that they had existed for hundreds of years. They were made by the Rapa Nui people on, well, Easter Island. This island is near the country of Chile. The people of the area made the heads between the years of 1250 and 1500 A.D. with primitive tools.
While many places around the world now have an original Easter Island Head, the island originally had hundreds on it when discovered. For many years, just the heads were known about. But in 2012 UCLA archeologists uncovered some of the heads actually had bodies connected to them underground. Some have major torsos, making many wonder if the Rapa Nui people buried the bodies so we'd only see the heads, which seems likely. Either way, they are completely iconic and amazingly made....especially for the time period.
1 Christ The Redeemer
One of the most iconic and well-known statues on the planet would have to be Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio area is likely known most for the statue alone, and people come from all over the world to see it in person. The people who designed it surely made it a major project. The statue was designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski and eventually built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa. He then would collaborate with French engineer Albert Caquot on the body. However, Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida is responsible for the detailed and beautiful face on the statue.
Due to being such a huge beacon for the Christian religion and due to the amazing sight one would behold in seeing it, Christ the Redeemer is listed as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. It has been up since 1931, after taking near a decade to completely build. The people of Rio have had to restore it often, but they have no issue with it. Ya know, considering it's such an iconic symbol of their city and the nation of Brazil at large.