Throughout history there have been several cultures and civilizations that have left us more than just their customs. The number of monuments, buildings and sculptures in the world are impressive and also beautiful. They allow past to be part of the present. These places are very famous and popular for their unique and striking constructions, making many people go visit them. These are some pictures that show us how impressive these monuments are. Hope you like them!
This monolithic stone statue can only be found on Easter Island or Rapa Nui, in the region of Valparaíso, Chile. Most of these monuments were carved in tufa of the Rano Raraku volcanic cone, where 400 morai can be found. The meaning of the moáis is still uncertain, and there are several theories surrounding these statues. The most common one is that the statues were carved by the Polynesian inhabitants of the island, between the ninth and sixteenth centuries, as representations of deceased ancestors, so that they projected their mana (supernatural power) on their descendants.
Great Buddha of Leshan
This statue carved in stone, is the tallest Buddha statue in the world. It was built during the Tang dynasty. It is located near the Min Jiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers, in Sichuan province, China. The carving, which is 71 meters high, represents a Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees.
It is a cromlech type megalithic monument, late Neolithic, located near Amesbury, in the county of Wiltshire, England, about fifteen kilometers north of Salisbury. Stonehenge is formed by large blocks of metamorphic rocks distributed in four concentric circles. The exterior, thirty meters in diameter, consists of large rectangular sandstone stones that were originally crowned with lintels.
Colossi of Memnon
These two gigantic stone statues located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the city of Luxor, in Egypt, are the representation of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The statues are sculpted in large blocks of quartzite. The original function of the colossi was to preside over the first entrance of the three existing pylons in the funerary complex of Amenhotep III.
Christ the Redeemer
Also known as Cristo de Corcovado, it is a huge 30.1 meter statue with the 8 meter pedestal of Jesús de Nazaret with open arms showing the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located at 710 meters above sea level in the Tijuca National Park, at the top of the Corcovado hill. The idea of a religious monument in Rio de Janeiro was born in 1859, with the Catholic presbyter Pedro María Boss and the Princess Isabel of Brazil. However, the idea did not materialize during the Empire of Brazil. It was resumed in 1921, when the Independence centenary of Brazil approached.
This statue represents the Amida Buddha, which is located in the Kōtoku-in Temple, in the city of Kamakura in the Kanagawa region of Japan. This imposing religious monument also bears witness to human persistence in the face of the adversities of local nature over the centuries.