10 MOST Impressive STATUES

By --N.Hari Lakshmanan 

Every city of the world has its own importance and uniqueness in terms of statues and sculptures, but some of them just amaze you with its uniqueness and the built up. There are many such exceptional and remarkable sculptures across the world, we have grabbed 10 best of them! Worldwide, the tourism industry has experienced steady growth almost every year. International tourist arrivals increased from 528 million in 2005 to 1.19 billion in 2015. Figures were forecasted to exceed 1.8 billion by 2030. In 2015, global international tourism revenue reached approximately 1.26 trillion U.S. dollars, having almost doubled since 2005. 

Travel and tourism industry in India - Statistics & Facts
The travel and tourism industry contributed a total of 208.9 billion U.S. dollars to GDP in India in 2016 – this accounted for approximately 9.6 percent of India’s total GDP. India had the second highest total tourism GDP contribution in Asia- Pacific, behind China in 2016.

In 2016, the sector directly provided more than 25.4 million jobs.

1. Statue of unity (597 feet)

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Before being made, the Statue of Unity has already got its place reserved in the list of some of the known Statues of the world! With height at 597 ft, when completed in 42 months, it will be the tallest statue in the world. The statue honors, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Iron Man of India, who was also the first deputy PM of India. It will be almost twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty and five times as tall as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

The place also holds potential to be developed as eco-tourism site. The one big positive for the Statue is that the Iron Man is very popular in his home state, and that itself could become its most important source market for tourism.

The Statue of Unity will boost tourism, with one estimate putting the daily numbers at 15,000, and it can become one of the most visited spots in the nation, a state government official said.
There will also be a museum and a sound and light show depicting the life and times of Sardar Patel. A shopping is being created while a selfie point has been designated a few meters from the statue.
Besides the magnificent sight of the world’s tallest 182-metre statue of Sardar Patel, the hub will offer adventure activities, water sports and ecotourism. A 52-room three-star hotel and two The Tent City is being developed to accommodate at least 500 tourists at any given time. As part of arrangements, it has been decided that the Tent City will have employment of at least 15 per cent locals.

The soaring Structure will be complemented by an integrated complex housing a hotel, a memorial garden and a visitor centre, 3.5 kilometres away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Plans are afoot to develop several water sports like river rafting and boating, para-gliding and forest treks in a phased manner for adventure seekers.

A forest department official said the terrain near the statue, staring from Polo forest to Dangs, is not much explored. Narmada district has rich biodiversity with wildlife like sloth bear, hyena, leopard and hundreds of bird species. There is potential to develop a nature circuit right from the Narmada channel to Dangs, he said
Located amidst nature, the site will be 100% solar lit to reduce carbon foot print. To ensure cleanliness of not only the site but also the river, a scientific waste management system is also being set up.

2. The spring temple - Buddha (420 Feet)

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The Spring Temple Buddha was the world’s largest statue until November 2018 it was built in the year 2002 and located in Henan, China, and has been listed in the Guinness World Records. Depicting the Vairocana Buddha, it stands 128 metres (420 feet) tall from the base of the lotus pedestal. Another massive Buddha known as the Luykyun Sekka, located in Myanmar at 380 feet tall .

The Ushiku Daibatsu Buddha in Japan comes in a close third, at 360 feet tall.
In impoverished Lushan county, the developer spent 1.2 billion yuan on building the Spring Temple Buddha in 2008. The 128-metre-high attraction drew about 3.8 million visitors and generating more than 1.2 billion yuan ($194 million) in 2013 itself.
Tourism bureaus and developers are racing to build ever-higher statues of Buddha, in an attempt to copy the success of the Grand Buddha statue.

3. Laykyun Sekkya (381 feet)

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The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha is, of 2018, the third-tallest statue in the world at 116 metres (381 ft). This statue of Gautama Buddha stands on a 13.5-metre (44 ft) throne located in the village of Khatakan Taung, near Monywa, Myanmar. Construction began in 1996 and it was completed on 21 February 2008.

4. Guishan Guanyin statue (324.8 feet)

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Located at Hunan, China, the Guishan Guanyin statue is world's 7th tallest statue and 4th tallest in China. The statue portrays the Avalokitesa and stand tall with a height of 324.8 feet.

5. statue of Liberty (305 feet)

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Masterpiece of the Human Spirit, The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on June 19, 1885, as a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. Standing 305 feet (93 metres) high including its pedestal.
In 2016, 4.5 million park visitors spent an estimated $263.2 million in local gateway regions while visiting Statue Of Liberty National Monument. These expenditures supported a total of 3.4 thousand jobs, $155.4 million in labor income, $240.7 million in value added, and $364 million in economic output in local gateway economies surrounding Statue Of Liberty National Monument.

The number of visitors to the Statue of Liberty amounted to approximately 4.44 million in 2017

6. Thiruvalluvar statue (133 feet)

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Thiruvalluvar was a noted poet and philosopher, known for his contribution to Tamil literature. The overall height of this structure is 133 feet (symbolic of 133 chapters in his book), including 38 feet high pedestal and 95 feet tall sculpture.

The Thiruvalluvar Statue was built in the memory of this great man and stands atop a small island rock, about 400 metres away from the coastline of Kanyakumari. Interestingly, the statue of Thiruvalluvar represents wealth and pleasure while the pedestal on which it stands depicts 38 chapters from the Thirukkural based on 'Virtue'.
In 2001 the total tourist arrivals are 12,51,048 persons and it has increased to 26,32,475 persons in 2013. he average annual growth rate is 7.17 per cent.

7. Christ the Redeemer (98 feet)

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The statue of Jesus Christ at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the largest Art Deco statue all over the world and is the fifth largest statue of Jesus. It stands tall at 98 ft, not including its pedal of 26 ft and the arm stretch 92 ft wide. The statue was completed in the Tijuca National Park in 1931. The statue is located at the top of the Corcovado Mountain. It has now become an icon for Rio de Janeiro as well as for Brazil!

Brazil received 6.6 million foreign tourists, an increase of 4.8 percent over 2015, according to the World Tourism Organization. The government’s projection is to reach twelve million by 2022, to almost double in six years. The record of tourists in a single day is 14,000 (Easter in the year 2011)

8. The Great Sphinx of Giza (66 feet)

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Also known as Sphinx, the Great Sphinx of Giza is a complete limestone made statue with a body of lion with a human head. The statue is 66 feet high and 241.14 feet long and is believed to be built by the ancient Egyptians around 2558 BC. Egypt's Great Sphinx has refused to reveal its secrets.
Tourism in Egypt hit an all-time high in 2010 at 14.7 million visitors, 4.8 million visitors in 2015, 8.3 million in 2017.

9. The Knotted Gun

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Also known as "Non-Violence",it is a pro-peace sculpture designed in late 1980 and inspired by the shooting death of the designer's friends' death. It was given to the UN by the government of Luxembourg in 1988. The sculpture depicts a 45-caliber revolver with its barrel knotted into a bullet-blocking twist.

10. The Peter the Great Statue (322 feet)

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The Peter the Great Statue is a 98-metre-high monument to Peter the Great, located at the western confluence of the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal in central Moscow. It was designed by the Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy, which Peter the Great established. It was erected in 1997 and is the eighth tallest statue in the world. It weighs around 1,000 tons and contains 600 tons of stainless steel, bronze and copper.
Conclusion:

The Statue of Unity surely deserves a place in the history of the world. It joins an impressive list of manmade structures that have earned the admiration of the world through generations. Statue of Unity is surely a marvel of Modern India and puts India on the tourism map of the world.

The massive Statue of Sardar Patel has cost somewhere in the vicinity of Rs 30 billion. There has been much debate about whether the money spent in celebrating and commemorating the memory of India’s Iron Man could have been better spent on other projects more directly beneficial to the common man. But history shows that once-in-a-lifetime structures such as the Statue of Unity create opportunities around them especially in terms of tourism, that create a positive return on investment in just a few decades.

The most apt comparison would possibly be with the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It was actually nothing but a ceremonial entrance tower to the 1889 Expo and was widely criticised in its time. But the wonder of the Eiffel Tower has endured and grown year by year, decade by decade. The Tower has been the heart of Paris, and the prestigious venue for a lot many events over the years.

The Eiffel Tower today attracts 7,000,000 visitors every year, around 75 per cent of whom are foreigners, making it the most visited monument that you have to pay to visit in the world. Almost 300 million visitors regardless of age or origin have come from all over the planet to see it since its opening in 1889.
The Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, attracts about 8 million visitors annually; only 10 per cent of whom are foreigners. The one big positive for the Statue is that the Iron Man is very popular in his home state, and that itself could become its most important source market for tourism.

The Statue will require a lot of effort, time, money and astute marketing. 

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