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Around the world, people are celebrating the Chinese New Year and the start to the Year of the Dragon. This got us wondering: Where did the myth of the dragon come from in the first place? Scholars say that belief in dragons probably evolved independently in both Europe and China, and perhaps in the Americas and Australia as well. How could this happen? Many have speculated about which real-life animals inspired the first legends. Here’s our run-down of the likeliest suspects.

Dinosaurs. Ancient people may have discovered dinosaur fossils and understandably misinterpreted them as the remains of dragons. Chang Qu, a Chinese historian from the 4th century B.C., mislabeled such a fossil in what is now Sichuan Province. Take a look at a fossilized stegosaurus, for example, and you might see why: The giant beasts averaged 30 feet in length, were typically 14 feet tall and were covered in armored plates and spikes for defense.

The Nile Crocodile. Native to sub-Saharan Africa, Nile crocodiles may have had a more extensive range in ancient times, perhaps inspiring European dragon legends by swimming across the Mediterranean to Italy or Greece. They are among the largest of all crocodile species, with mature individuals reaching up to 18 feet in length—and unlike most others, they are capable of a movement called the “high walk,” in which the trunk is elevated off the ground. A giant, lumbering croc? Might be easy to mistake for a dragon.

The Goanna. Australia is home to a number of species of monitor lizards, also referred to as Goannas. The large, predatory animals have razor-sharp teeth and claws, and they are important figures in traditional Aboriginal folklore. Recent studies even indicate that Goannas may produce venom that causes bite victims’ wounds to develop infections after an attack. At least in Australia, these creatures may be responsible for the dragon myth.

Whales. Others argue that the discovery of megafauna such as whales prompted stories of dragons. Ancient humans encountering whale bones would have no way of knowing that the animals were sea-based, and the idea of such gargantuan creatures might well have led people to assume that whales were predatory. Because live whales spend up to 90 percent of their time underwater, they were poorly understood for most of human history.

The Human Brain. The most fascinating explanation involves an unexpected animal: the human. In his book An Instinct for Dragons, anthropologist David E. Jones argues that belief in dragons is so widespread among ancient cultures because evolution embedded an innate fear of predators in the human mind. Just as monkeys have been shown to exhibit a fear of snakes and large cats, Jones hypothesizes that the trait of fearing large predators—such as pythons, birds of prey and elephants—has been selected for in hominids. In more recent times, he argues, these universal fears have been frequently combined in folklore and created the myth of the dragon.

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  • Carole’s dragon tour of Melbourne – Carole Wilkinson

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    Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, the second largest state in Australia. Founded in 1835 by a man called John Batman, the city might have been called Batmania (really), but it was eventually named after Lord Melbourne, the Prime Minister of England. It is now a city of five million people.

    There is no particular reason why Melbourne should have dragons. There are no dragons on its coat of arms, for instance. However there is a surprising number of handsome dragons to be seen within Melbourne’s central business district. If you are visiting Melbourne and have an hour or two to stroll around the city, why not discover Melbourne’s dragons?

    Some binoculars or a telephoto lens will help to see the detail of some of the loftier dragons. Most of the dragons can be viewed at any time, with the exception of the dragons in the Chinese Museum which is open 10 – 5 every day except Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

    On foot and allowing ample time to view all the dragons and spend some time at the Chinese Museum, the tour will take about two hours. If you are in more of a hurry, or are not so fond of walking, you can jump on and off the free tourist tram that runs along Flinders Street and up Spring Street. Or you can hire a bike using Melbourne Bike Share.

    1. Crouching guardians

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    • Location: Forum Theatre, 150–162 Flinders Street (corner of Russell Street)
    • Date: 1928
    • Medium: Plaster

    Originally known as the State Theatre, this imposing building began its life as a cinema. It was the largest picture palace in Australia, seating more than 3000. The theatre opened in Feb 1929 with a silent film accompanied by a wurlitzer. Currently, it is used as a live music venue and for the annual Melbourne International Film Festival.

    Neogothic in style, the Forum was built by John Eberson, Bohringer, Taylor and Johnson in a faux Arabic design, and crowned by a jewelled copper dome. The interior has Moorish decoration and a blue, star-spangled ceiling.

    However it is the exterior that we are interested in. Perched on top of columns and in niches are 11 crouching dragons. These imposing beasts are coloured green by verdigris and are possibly made of copper. With large feathered wings outstretched, and leg muscles taut, they are ready to pounce should any patrons misbehave.

    2. Winged wyvern

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    • Location: Former Stock Exchange, 380 Collins Street (near corner of Queen St)
    • Date: 1888–1891
    • Medium: Stone

    Built between 1888 and 1891 this stunning neo-gothic building is worthy of long contemplation. It is festooned with decoration including beasts and monsters of all types. The building was originally the Stock Exchange Building and was designed by Melbourne-born architect William Pitt who was responsible for some of Melbourne’s most famous 19th century buildings (such as the Rialto, the Olderfleet Building and the Princess Theatre), according to Wikipedia he was also a passionate supporter of the Collingwood Football Club!

    There are some delicate gargoyles high on the tower, but only one creature can be classified as a dragon. That is the one above the second-floor window to the left as you face the building. This is a handsome stone dragon of the type known as a wyvern — two-legged, winged, with a feathered breast and bird-like feet.

    3. St George and the Dragon

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    • Location: State Library of Victoria forecourt (corner of Swanston Street and LaTrobe Street)
    • Date: 1885
    • Medium: Bronze

    One of the statues gracing the State Library of Victoria’s forecourt is of St George and the dragon. This bronze statue is the work of Austrian-born, but English-educated Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834–1890) who was sculptor to Queen Victoria. The mythological subject of this work is unusual for a man known for his realist statues of famous people and horses. His work can be seen at Westminster Abbey, Balmoral Castle and the Wellington Memorial at Hyde Park Corner.

    Sir Joseph was also the creator of the portrait of Queen Victoria found on British coinage in 1887.

    The statue came to Melbourne as an exhibit in the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition in 1888. Judges who awarded prizes to the best exhibits stated that the statue was “a masterpiece” which should not be allowed to be returned to Europe. The trustees of the Library agreed and purchased the sculpture for £1000.

    St George is depicted as a Roman soldier astride a horse. The real Saint George was believed to be a Roman soldier who was tortured and killed because he refused to give up his Christian faith. He was probably born in Turkey or Palestine and died around AD 300. The dragon was actually added to George’s story much later.

    In the statue, George is pretty much naked apart from a helmet and a short cape. The dragon is a four-legged, winged beast — a wonderful specimen with scales, horns and spines down his back. He has vicious claws and teeth, but sadly the statue captures the dragon in his last moments, as he has been speared by St George. The dragon is however fighting till the end with his teeth clamped firmly on the offending lance and his slender tongue coiled around it.

    4. Oldmeadows Memorial

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    • Location: State Library of Victoria, 2nd floor, entrance to LaTrobe Library opposite lift
    • Date: 2003
    • Medium: Bronze
    • Sculptor: Tessa Wallis

    This lovely sculpture is a a memorial to Joyce and Courtney Oldmeadows. They dedicated their lives to preserving original artwork and manuscripts of Australian children’s literature for public display at the Dromkeen homestead in Riddells Creek. Their daughter, Kay Keck, later took over stewardship of the collection.

    In 2012, the trustees donated the entire collection to the State Library of Victoria. The Dromkeen collection includes three sculptures that once stood in the gardens surrounding Dromkeen. They depict characters from much loved Australian children’s books. Two are located on the library’s forecourt, but this one features a dragon, which represents the Dromkeen Dragons, a club for children who met during the school holidays under leadership of an illustrator or author who was given the title of Grand Dragon. Surrounding the dragon are characters from books such as Koala Lou (Mem Fox, 1994), Wombat Divine (Mem Fox, 1997) and Shy the Platypus (Leslie Rees, 1977). 

    5. Hidden dragons

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    • Location: St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Cathedral Place (corner of Albert Street and Macarthur Street)
    • Date: 1858–1897
    • Medium: Bluestone

    St Patrick’s is a gothic revival church, the largest 19thcentury church in the whole world. Quite a feat for a city barely 20 years old when building commenced. A richly ornate triple-spired French Gothic edifice built from local bluestone, the Cathedral is considered the finest work of celebrated English-born architect William Wardell (1824–1899) who emigrated to Australia in 1858 to improve his health. He had already designed 35 gothic revival churches in England. Despite the huge size of the building, Wardell had plans drawn up and the foundation stone laid the year after his arrival.

    I originally went to St Patrick’s to get a closer look at the gargoyles, which are very high up and difficult to see without the aid of binoculars. Gargoyles are not all dragons, but some of them are dragonish. However as I strolled around the exterior of the cathedral peering up at these creatures, I noticed that there were other dragons on the building, hidden dragons, quite a lot of them crouching above drainpipes as if about to slither down and take a drink and decorating the window bosses on the chapel windows. Not all of these beasts are dragons, but I counted at least 30 that are. I have included photos of six of my favourites. Where to find them is marked on the plan to the right.

    Dragon gargoylesWhere to look for the window boss dragons

    Walk around the grounds to find the dragons on the north and south facing walls. Wherever you see a green drainpipe, look up its length and see what is lurking at the top. The dragons on the windows are mainly on the chapels at the east end of the cathedral. There is a gate that allows access to this back area, or to get a more elevated view, go up onto Albert Street. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you should be able to find the other 24!

    It is interesting to imagine how these lovely carvings came about. Presumably William Wardell didn’t say, “I’ll have a dragon on this window, and a winged monkey on this one.” I think that stonemasons were given the freedom to come up with their own creations, which makes them all the more special and unique.

    Some of the carvings are weathered, some are damaged where over-zealous plumbers have installed new drainpipes, but many are still in excellent condition. Definitely worth an hour of dragon spotting.

    6. Dragons of the East

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    • Location: Corner Little Bourke St and Spring St
    • Date: 2009
    • Medium: Aluminium

    We now leave the Western dragons behind, those bad-tempered creatures who guard with the threat of fang or talon, and move on to the more benevolent dragons of the East. The first to be seen decorate two poles that form an entrance to Chinatown. The entry poles are a modern design, and the dragons are interesting because they represent an older style of Chinese dragon to the ones usually depicted. This is a Han Dynasty (206BC–220AD) style dragon — slender and stylised with tendrils curling from its body. Dragons are usually depicted in the style of the Qing Dynasty.

    The poles and the dragons were designed by the University of Melbourne’s School of Design’s Asian architecture specialist Associate Professor Qinghua Guo, in collaboration with research student Jia Xu. The Blue Dragon of the East is one of the deities of the four directions, so the dragon was chosen to adorn this eastern entry to Chinatown. The dragon isn’t blue, however, it is black. The colours were taken from Chinese lacquerware.

    7. Facing-Heaven Archway

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    • Location: Corner Little Bourke St and Cohen Place
    • Date: 1985
    • Medium: Glazed tiles

    The Facing-Heaven Archway was a gift from Victoria’s sister state Jiangsu Province in 1985 to celebrate Victoria’s 150th anniversary. It is a traditional Chinese gateway, a replica of a gate in Nanjing, made of wood and topped with a terracotta tiled roof. At the foot of the Archway, there are statues of lions, but on top of the roof are four fish-shaped dragons of the type known as chiwen.

    There is a story in China about the dragon’s nine sons. In the Ming dynasty, Emperor Hong Zhi wanted to know who the sons were. One of his officials, a man named Liu Ji, explained how none of the sons were exactly like their father, each had their own appearance and personality. That is why certain dragon-like creatures used as decorative features on such things as swords, bells and bridges became known as the nine dragon sons.

    The youngest of the sons was called Chiwen. He was a fish-shaped dragon who had sharp eyesight and was very watchful. He is positioned on the ends of roof ridge-beams, where he opens his mouth wide to swallow evil spirits. Because of his close association with water he can also put out fires which have been a constant threat to traditional Chinese buildings which are made predominantly from wood.

    Two pairs of chiwen dragons sit on the Gateway roof with the roof beams clamped firmly in their mouths. These creatures are sometimes known as tunjishou or ridge-devouring beast, or da wen which means simply big mouth.

    You will notice that the dragons have sword handles sticking out of their backs. A Chinese myth suggests why this is, and offers a completely different reason why chiwen dragons are on rooves. Long ago the world was beset with demon-dragons. Legendary Emperor Huang Di tried to get rid of them all. He was largely successful, but two of the worst escaped. Huang Di sent one of his assistants named Di Shi to capture them. Di Shi lured the demons out of hiding by offering to spare them if they would do a good deed. They fell for the trick. The task he gave them was to lift into place the roof ridge-beam of a temple that was being built. The demon-dragons each took one end of the ridge-beam in their mouths and flew up onto the temple roof. As soon as they had it in position, Di Shi took two magical swords and plunged them through the demon-dragons and into the roof, pinning them there forever where they would be useful and no longer able to follow their evil ways.

    8. Terracotta watcher

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    • Location: Paramount Hotel, viewed from Little Bourke St
    • Date: c.1997
    • Medium: Terracotta
    • Sculptor: Marcus Pettifer

    While photographing the chiwen, I happened to notice another very non-Chinese dragon in my view finder. This terracotta dragon graces the roof garden of the Paramount Apartments building across Little Bourke St from where he gazes down at his Chinese counterparts. Only residents get to see this attractive dragon up close, the rest of us can just glimpse him from the street.

    9. Celestial dancers

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    • Location: Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place

    This is the home of Melbourne’s largest and most spectacular dragons. Whereas all the dragons we have seen so far have been robust creatures made of bronze, stone and terracotta, these dragons, though huge, are relatively fragile and made of silk, paper and bamboo.

    These are processional dragons known in Chinese as wulong or dancing dragons. During street parades, a processional dragon is carried by dozens of supporters who make the creature snake back and forth. Melbourne has had a processional Chinese dragon since at least 1956. The Museum houses three of them. They are all housed in the new Dragon Gallery, along with an introductory video and all the dragon parade paraphernalia. (Pay special attention to the video as I wrote the script!) It is well worth the $11 entrance fee (children $9, family $26) to get up close and personal with these magnificent dragons, as well as discovering other dragons in the museum.

    For more information about the Chinese Museum, visit the museum website.

    Millenium Dragon
    • Date: 2002
    • Medium: split bamboo, wire, silk

    Melbourne’s current dragon is a huge beast called Millenium Dragon. If you are in Melbourne at Chinese New Year (January or February) or at the Moomba Festival (March) then you can see the dragon prancing around the city streets in all his glory. At any other time of the year you can find him hibernating in the Museum.

    The dragon requires six people to carry its head, 22 people to support its serpentine body and four for the tail. It is 63 metres long.

    The dragon’s body consists of silken skirts hung with tassels, beads and bells, and covered with thousands of scales. Each scale is handmade from paper, silk, gold foil, rabbit fur, sequins with a central mirror. In the Museum, you can see the whole of the dragon’s body as it snakes down the ramp to the lower ground floor. You can also see his lovely silk tail with coloured pearls caught in it, but most spectacular is the dragon’s head which is decorated with embroidery, fringes, pompoms and paper cuts. This dragon’s head is three metres high and the Museum claims it is the largest in the world. It is so big the horns have to be removed to fit it inside the Museum.

    Dai Loong
    • Date: 1979
    • Medium: split bamboo, wire, silk

    The Chinese Museum also houses a couple of retired processional dragons, including Dai Loong made in 1979. Smaller and softer looking as his colours have faded over time, this is a gorgeous dragon. It was the first processional dragon to be made in China after the Cultural Revolution. Note the circular mirror on the dragon’s forehead which is there to repel evil spirits.

    YCL Dragon
    • Date: 1953
    • Medium: split bamboo, wire, silk

    Also in the Dragon Gallery there is a more fragile and faded dragon made for the Young Chinese League in 1953. It was once topped with lovely pink and pale-blue horns, but sadly these have been lost. It has sockets in the eyes for electric light globes so that the dragon’s eyes would glow in night-time parades. Have a close look at the detail on this lovely dragon, for instance the lovely bat hovering above its nose. The bat is a symbol of good luck in China. That is because is the Chinese word for ‘bat’, and it is also the word for ‘good fortune’.

    It is interesting to see how the dragons have grown in size over the decades from this delicate creature to the massive Millenium Dragon.

    Dragon spotting

    It is worth allowing a little extra dragon-spotting time at the Museum as there are plenty of other dragons to be seen — on lanterns, on banners, on vases, on robes and on the bases of the lion statues out the front. These are generally the more familiar Qing Dynasty style dragon such as those that appear on the dragon robes or long pao seen on the third floor. These robes were worn by high-ranking officials. There are nine dragons on the robes.


    1. Crouching guardians
    2. Winged wyvern
    • Temples of Mammons @ www3.visitvictoria.com/displayobject.cfm/objectid.000D44C8-C6A3-1A6B-B64F80C476A901F2/ (dead link)
    3. St George and the Dragon
    • State Library Of Victoria: A Bibliography of Our History, Statuary and Murals, online @ www.slv.vic.gov.au
    • Ridley, Ronald T 1996, A Walking Guide to Melbourne’s Monuments, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online @www.slv.vic.gov.au
    5. Hidden dragons
    • de Jong, Ursula M 1997, St Patrick’s Cathedral and William Wardell, Architect: The Man, His Plan, Life and Times, Archdiocese of Melbourne
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online @www.slv.vic.gov.au
    6. Dragons of the East
    7. Facing-Heaven Archway
    • Telling the Stories Behind Melbourne’s Rich Cultural History http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/news-and-media/Pages/TellingthestoriesbehindMelbourne’srichculturalhistory.aspx
    • Michael Pointer, President of the State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Victoria) 1987–1989, personal correspondence March 2018
    • Bates, Roy, 2002, Images of Asia: Chinese Dragons, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong
    • Wilkinson, Carole 2007, The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia, black dog books, Fitzroy, Vic.
    9. Celestial dancers
    • Dallwitz, Rebecca 2007, Millennium Dragon: Melbourne’s Chinese Dragon Lineage, Construction, Context and Preservation, unpublished Masters Thesis, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Melbourne University
    • Wilkinson, Carole 2007, The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia, black dog books, Fitzroy, Vic.

    Carole’s dragon books

    Dragon Dawn

    Prequel to the Dragonkeeper series. Danzi is a youngster in dragon terms. A peaceful visit to a friend doesn’t go the way he planned.


    A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master.

    Garden of the Purple Dragon

    Dragonkeeper 2. Ping thinks she is safe hiding in the shadow of the Tai Shan mountains, but even here enemies find her and Kai.

    Dragon Moon

    Dragonkeeper 3. Ping and Kai have travelled far, but their journey is not over yet.

    Blood Brothers

    Dragonkeeper 4. Kai is 465, a teenager in dragon years. His search for a dragonkeeper has led him to Tao … a novice Buddhist monk.

    Shadow Sister

    Dragonkeeper 5. Tao must prove he is worthy of the name of dragonkeeper. But the road west is never straight and nothing for Tao and Kai is what it seems.

    Bronze Bird Tower

    Dragonkeepr 6. After a long journey, Tao and Kai have arrived at the Dragon Haven. What they find is not the sanctuary Kai has described.

    The Dragon Companion

    Dragons come in all shapes and sizes – within the pages of The Dragon Companion you will find all sorts of dragonish information, illustrated with gorgeous images by Dean Jones


    Other places for multiple dragon sightings

    London, England
    City of London Dragon Photo Safari

    A tour of London’s fabulous dragons: jimbatty.com/articles/dragonphotos.html

    Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
    Bendigo Golden Dragon Museum

    Eight dragons under one roof!: goldendragonmuseum.org/dragons.html

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    2 & period; & Mcy; & iecy; & khcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & chcy; & iecy; & scy; & kcy; & icy; & iecy; & ucy; & zcy; & lcy; & ycy; & icy; & acy; & gcy; & rcy; & iecy; & gcy; & acy; & tcy; & ycy; & rcy; & acy; & mcy; & ycy; & colon; & Ncy; & iecy; & rcy; & zhcy; & acy; vcy; & iecy; yucy; & shchcy; & acy; yacy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & lcy; & softcy; & icy; & bcy; & iecy; & scy; & shchcy; & iecy; & tcy; & ocy; & chcy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & dcy; & vcy; & icy; & gcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & icy; & bcy; & ycy; & lcy; & icy; & icy; & scy; & pcy; & ocy; & lcy; & softcy; & zcy; & ocy; vcy; & acy; & ncy; & ycy; & dcy; & lcy; & yacy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & ncy; & acy; & pcy; & rcy; & ocy; & tcy; & yacy; & zhcy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & icy; & mcy; & ncy; & ocy; & gcy; & icy; & khcy; & lcy; & iecy; & tcy; & period; & Kcy; & acy; & zhcy; & dcy; & ycy; & jcy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & comma; & mcy; & iecy; & khcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & chcy; & iecy; & scy; & kcy; & icy; & iecy; & ucy; & zcy; & lcy; & ycy; & icy; & acy; & gcy; & rcy; & iecy; & gcy; & acy; & tcy; & ycy; & kcy; & acy; & dcy; & rcy; & bcy; & ucy; & dcy; & iecy; & tcy; & pcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & ocy; & yacy; & ncy; & ncy; & ocy; & icy; & vcy; & ocy; & pcy; & iecy; & rcy; & acy; & tcy; & icy; vcy; & ncy; & ocy; & mcy; & pcy; & lcy; & acy; & ncy; & iecy; & tcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; & icy; & rcy; & ocy; vcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & iecy; & vcy; & tcy; & iecy; & chcy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & iecy; & ncy; & iecy; & mcy; & iecy; & ncy; & iecy; & iecy; 24 & chcy; & acy; & scy; & ocy; & vcy; & comma; & pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & zhcy; & dcy; & iecy; & chcy; & iecy; & mcy; & ncy; & acy; & chcy; & ncy; & iecy; & tcy; & scy; & yacy; & pcy; & rcy; & ocy; & tscy; & iecy; & scy; & scy; & mcy; & ocy; & dcy; & iecy; & lcy; & icy; & rcy; & ocy; vcy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & period;

    3 & period; & Mcy; & ocy; & dcy; & iecy; & lcy; & iecy; & jcy; & colon; & Vcy; & ycy; & scy; & ocy; & kcy; & acy; & yacy; & pcy; & lcy; & ocy; & tcy; & ncy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & softcy; & ncy; & acy; & bcy; & icy; & vcy; & kcy; & icy; & icy; & zcy; & pcy; & iecy; & ncy; & ocy; & mcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & rcy; & icy; & acy; & lcy; & acy; & ocy; & bcy; & iecy; & scy; & pcy; & iecy; chcy; & icy; vcy; & acy; & iecy; & tcy; & mcy; & ocy; & dcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & vcy; & ycy; & gcy; & lcy; & yacy; & dcy; & icy; & tcy; & icy; & chcy; & ucy; & vcy; & scy; & tcy; & vcy; & ucy; & iecy; & tcy; & scy; & iecy; & bcy; & yacy; & scy; & acy; & mcy; & ocy; & gcy; & ocy; & vcy; & ycy; & scy; & ocy; & kcy; & ocy; & gcy; & ocy; & kcy; & acy; & chcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; & vcy; & acy; & period;

    4 & period; & Rcy; & iecy; & zcy; & softcy; & bcy; & acy; & colon; & Pcy; & rcy; & ocy; & fcy; & iecy; & scy; & scy; & icy; & ocy; & ncy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ycy; & khcy; & mcy; & acy; & scy; & tcy; & iecy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & rcy; & iecy; & zcy; & softcy; & bcy; & ycy; & bcy; & ocy; & lcy; & iecy; & iecy; 10 & lcy; & iecy; & tcy; & ocy; & pcy; & ycy; & tcy; & acy; & period; & Ocy; & ncy; & icy; & scy; & ocy; & zcy; & dcy; & acy; & yucy; & tcy; & icy; & dcy; & iecy; & acy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ucy; & yucy; & pcy; & rcy; & ocy; & pcy; & ocy; & rcy; & tscy; & icy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & acy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & acy; & bcy; & scy; & ocy; & lcy; & yucy; & tcy; & ncy; & ocy; & ncy; & acy; & ocy; & scy; & ncy; & ocy; vcy; & iecy; & scy; & kcy; & iecy; & lcy; & iecy; & tcy; & ycy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & icy; & ncy; & acy; & ucy; & chcy; & ncy; & ycy; & khcy; & dcy; & acy; & ncy; & ncy; & ycy; & khcy; & period; & Pcy; & ocy; & kcy; & acy; & zhcy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & vcy; & acy; & shcy; & icy; & mcy; & pcy; & ocy; & scy; & iecy; & tcy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & yacy; & mcy; & chcy; & tcy; & ocy; Triassic & comma; Jurassic & icy; & pcy; & iecy; & rcy; & icy; & ocy; & dcy; & ycy; Cretaceous & dcy; & iecy; & jcy; & scy; & tcy; vcy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ocy; & vcy; & ycy; & gcy; & lcy; & yacy; & dcy; & iecy; & lcy; & icy; & kcy; & acy; & kcy; & excl;

    5 & period; & Ocy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & scy; & kcy; & acy; & colon; & ZHcy; & icy; & vcy; & ocy; & pcy; & icy; & scy; & softcy; master & mcy; & ocy; & zhcy; & iecy; & tcy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & scy; & kcy; & icy; & vcy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & icy; & scy; & icy; & mcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & icy; & ocy; & tcy; & tcy; & rcy; & iecy; & bcy; & ocy; & vcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & jcy; & zcy; & acy; & kcy; & acy; & zcy; & chcy; & icy; & kcy; & acy; & period; & Pcy; & rcy; & ocy; & scy; & softcy; & bcy; & acy; & pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & dcy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; vcy; & icy; & tcy; & softcy; & lcy; & yucy; & bcy; & ucy; & yucy; & dcy; & icy; & zcy; & acy; & jcy; & ncy;

    6 & period; & Ocy; & kcy; & ocy; & ncy; & chcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & icy; & scy; & pcy; & ycy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & colon; & Kcy; & acy; & zhcy; & dcy; & ycy; & jcy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & bcy; & ucy; & dcy; & iecy; & tcy; & ncy; & iecy; & pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & rcy; ycy; vcy; & ncy; & ocy; & rcy; & acy; & bcy; & ocy; & tcy; & acy; & tcy; & softcy; & vcy; & ocy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & scy; & ncy; & ycy; & jcy; & dcy; & iecy; & ncy; & softcy; & tcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; & icy; & rcy; & ocy; vcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & pcy; & iecy; & rcy; & iecy; & dcy; & ocy; & tcy; & gcy; & rcy; & ucy; & zcy; & kcy; & ocy; & jcy; & period;

    7 & period; & Vcy; & ncy; & acy; & lcy; & icy; & chcy; & icy; & icy; & ncy; & acy; & scy; & kcy; & lcy; & acy; & dcy; & iecy; & colon; & Mcy; & ycy; & ncy; & iecy; & bcy; & ocy; & lcy; & iecy; & iecy; & chcy; & iecy; & mcy; 20 & ucy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & acy; vcy; & lcy; & icy; & vcy; & acy; & iecy; & tcy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & ncy; & acy; & scy; & kcy; & lcy; & acy; & dcy; & iecy; & dcy; & lcy; & yacy; & vcy; & ycy; & bcy; & ocy; & rcy; & acy; & period;

    8 & period; & Ucy; & pcy; & acy; & kcy; & ocy; & vcy; & kcy; & acy; & icy; & dcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & vcy; & kcy; & acy; & colon; & Kcy; & ucy; & pcy; & ocy; & lcy; & mcy; & iecy; & shcy; & kcy; & icy; & zcy; & acy; & shchcy; & icy; & tcy; & ycy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & icy; & zcy; & lcy; & yucy; & bcy; & ocy; & gcy; & ocy; & ucy; & shchcy; & iecy; & rcy; & bcy; & acy; & ocy; & tcy; & tcy; & rcy; & ncy; & zcy; & icy; & tcy; & acy; & period; & Rcy; & rcy; & pcy; & lcy; & iecy; & ncy; & kcy; & icy; fix & kcy; & ucy; & pcy; & ocy; & lcy; & scy; & ucy; & mcy; & kcy; & icy; & period; & Kcy; & acy; & zhcy; & dcy; & ycy; & jcy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & bcy; & ucy; & dcy; & ucy; & tcy; & ucy; & pcy; & acy; & kcy; & ocy; & vcy; & acy; & ncy; & ycy; & tcy; & shchcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ocy; & icy; & scy; & ocy; & scy; & ocy; & bcy; & ycy; & mcy; & ucy; & pcy; & ocy; & rcy; & ocy; & mcy; & ncy; & acy; & zcy; & acy; & shchcy; & icy; & tcy; & ucy; & gcy; & lcy; & acy; & zcy; & icy; & rcy; & ocy; & tcy; & period;

    9 & period; & Ucy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & ocy; & vcy; & kcy; & acy; & ncy; & acy; & mcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; & iecy; & colon; & Mcy; & ycy; & tcy; & acy; & kcy; & zhcy; & iecy; & ocy; & tcy; & pcy; & rcy; & acy; & vcy; & lcy; yacy; & tcy; & softcy; & icy; & ncy; & zhcy; & iecy; & ncy; & iecy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & Zcy; & acy; & kcy; & acy; & zcy; & chcy; & icy; & kcy; & ucy; & ncy; & acy; & mcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; & ocy; & dcy; & lcy; & yacy; & ucy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & ocy; & vcy; & kcy; & icy; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & period;

    & Vcy; & scy; & iecy; & mcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & rcy; & icy; & acy; & lcy; & ycy; & icy; & pcy; & rcy; & icy; & ncy; & acy; & dcy; & lcy; & iecy; & zhcy; & ncy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & icy; & pcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & vcy; & shchcy; & icy; & kcy; & icy; & bcy; & ycy; & lcy; & icy; & pcy; & rcy; & ocy; vcy; & iecy; & rcy; & iecy; & ncy; & ycy; & vcy; & ncy; & acy; & shcy; & ocy; & tcy; & dcy; & iecy; & lcy; & zcy; & acy; & kcy; & ucy; & pcy; & ocy; & kcy; & period; & Vcy; & ncy; & icy; & khcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; & softcy; & vcy; & scy; & iecy; & ncy; & iecy; & ocy; & bcy; & khcy; & ocy; & dcy; & icy; & mcy; & ycy; & iecy; & scy; & ocy; & ocy; & tcy; & vcy; & iecy; & tcy; & scy; & tcy; & vcy; & yucy; & shchcy; & icy; & iecy; & scy; & iecy; & rcy; & tcy; & icy; & fcy; & icy; & kcy; & acy; & tcy; & ycy; & comma; & Tcy; & acy; & kcy; & icy; & iecy; & Kcy; & acy; & kcy; CE UL & comma; ISO9001 & colon; 2008 & icy; & dcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & icy; & gcy; & lcy; & acy; & ocy; & tcy; & lcy; & icy; & chcy; & ncy; & ucy; & yucy; & zcy; & acy; & shchcy; & icy; & tcy; & ucy; & ocy; & kcy; & rcy; & ucy; & zhcy; & acy; yucy; & shchcy; & iecy; & jcy; & scy; & rcy; & iecy; & dcy; & ycy; & period;

    & Pcy; & rcy; & icy; vcy; & iecy; & dcy; & iecy; & ncy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & zhcy; & iecy; & fcy; & ocy; & tcy; & ocy; & gcy; & rcy; & acy; & fcy; & icy; & icy; & ncy; & acy; & ecy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & ncy; & iecy; & acy; & kcy; & scy; & iecy; & scy; & scy; & ucy; & acy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & period; & Vcy; & dcy; & ocy; & pcy; & ocy; & lcy; & ncy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & iecy; & kcy; & pcy; & iecy; & rcy; & iecy; & chcy; & icy; & scy; & lcy; & iecy; & ncy; & ncy; & ycy; & mcy; & vcy; & ycy; & shcy; & iecy; & comma; & mcy; & ycy; & mcy; & ocy; & zhcy; & iecy; & mcy; & pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & dcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; vcy; & icy; & tcy; & softcy; & dcy; & ocy; & pcy; & ocy; & lcy; & ncy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & pcy; & ucy; & ncy; & kcy; & tcy; & ycy; & dcy; & lcy; & yacy; [vcy; [acy] [shcy] [iecy] [jcy; vcy; & lcy; & iecy; & chcy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & iecy; & kcy; & zhcy; & icy; & zcy; & ncy; & icy; & vcy; & kcy; & acy; & chcy; & iecy; & scy; & tcy; vcy; & iecy; & semi;

    – & Kcy; & acy; & mcy; & ncy; & icy; & icy; & zcy; & scy; & tcy; & iecy; & kcy; & lcy; & ocy; & vcy; & ocy; & lcy; & ocy; & kcy; & ncy; & acy;

    – & lcy; & gcy; & rcy; & acy; & mcy; & ocy; & ncy; & iecy; & tcy;

    – & Mcy; & ocy; & ncy; & iecy; & tcy; & ycy; & yacy; & shchcy; & icy; & kcy; & icy;

    – & Icy; & scy; & kcy; & ucy; & scy; & scy; & tcy; & vcy; & iecy; & ncy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & dcy; & iecy; & rcy; & iecy; & vcy; & softcy; & yacy; & sol; & tcy; & rcy; & acy; & vcy;

    – & Ocy; & gcy; & rcy; & acy; & zhcy; & dcy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy;

    – & Scy; & vcy; & iecy; & tcy; & ocy; & dcy; & icy; & ocy; & dcy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & icy; & ncy; & dcy; & icy; & kcy; & acy; & tcy; & ocy; & rcy; & ycy;

    – & Ocy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & scy; & kcy; & acy; & fcy; & ocy; & ncy; & acy;

    – & Icy; & mcy; & ncy; & ocy; & gcy; & ocy; & iecy; & dcy; & rcy; & ucy; & gcy; & ocy; & iecy; & excl;

    1 & period; & Mcy; & ycy; & tcy; & acy; & kcy; & zhcy; & iecy; & pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & dcy; & ocy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; vcy; & lcy; & yacy; & iecy; & mcy; & dcy; & icy; & zcy; & acy; & jcy; & ncy; & acy; & comma; dino & fcy; & acy; & kcy; & tcy; & ycy; & pcy; & rcy; & ocy; & iecy; & kcy; & tcy; & icy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & icy; & dcy; & icy; & zcy; & acy; & jcy; & ncy; & acy; & rcy; & iecy; & kcy; & lcy; & acy; & mcy; & ycy; & icy; & tcy; & period; & Dcy; & period;

    2 & period; & Pcy; & ocy; & scy; & lcy; & iecy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & iecy; & rcy; & shcy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & ocy; & bcy; & scy; & lcy; & ucy; & zhcy; & icy; vcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & colon; 24 & mcy; & iecy; & scy; & yacy; & tscy; & iecy; & vcy; & vcy; & kcy; & lcy; & yucy; & chcy; & acy; & yucy; & tcy; & vcy; & scy; & iecy; & bcy; & yacy; & ucy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & ocy; & vcy; & kcy; & ucy; & icy; & ecy; & kcy; & scy; & pcy; & lcy; & ucy; & acy; & tcy; & acy; & tscy; & icy; & yucy; & comma; & pcy; & icy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & pcy; & ocy; & tcy; & rcy; & iecy; & bcy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & iecy; & jcy; & ecy; & lcy; & iecy; & kcy; & tcy; & rcy; & ocy; & ecy; & ncy; & iecy; & rcy; & gcy; & icy; & icy; & comma; & dcy; & iecy; & mcy; & ocy; & ncy; & tcy; & acy; & zhcy; & icy; & pcy; & ocy; & vcy; & tcy; & ocy; & rcy; & ncy; & acy; & yacy; & ucy; & scy; & tcy; & acy; & ncy; & ocy; & vcy; & kcy; & acy; & period;

    3 & period; & Gcy; & acy; & rcy; & acy; & ncy; & tcy; & icy; & jcy; & ncy; & ycy; & khcy; & dcy; & iecy; & tcy; & acy; & lcy; & iecy; & jcy; & colon; & dcy; & icy; & ncy; & ocy; & zcy; & acy; & vcy; & rcy; & ocy; & vcy; & lpar; & vcy; & scy; & iecy; & gcy; & ocy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & acy; & rpar; & icy; & vcy; & scy; & pcy; & ocy; & mcy; & ocy; & gcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ocy; & gcy; & ocy; & ocy; & bcy; & ocy; & rcy; & ucy; & dcy; & ocy; & vcy; & acy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & period;

    4 & period; & Tcy; & iecy; & khcy; & ncy; & ocy; & lcy; & ocy; & gcy; & icy; & icy; & colon; & Pcy; & rcy; & iecy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & scy; & ncy; & ycy; & jcy; & icy; & mcy; & acy; & kcy; & scy; & icy; & mcy; & acy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ocy; & jcy; & kcy; & ocy; & mcy; & pcy; & lcy; & iecy; & kcy; & tcy; & acy; & tscy; & icy; & icy; & scy; & icy; & scy; & tcy; & iecy; & mcy; & ycy; & ucy; & pcy; & rcy; & acy; & vcy; & lcy; & iecy; & ncy; & icy; & yacy; & scy; & Bcy; & iecy; & scy; & shchcy; & iecy; & tcy; & ocy; & chcy; & ncy; & ycy; & jcy; & dcy; & vcy; & icy; & gcy; & acy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & comma; & bcy; & ocy; & lcy; & iecy; & iecy; & chcy; & ucy; & vcy; & scy; & tcy; & vcy; & icy; & tcy; & iecy; & lcy; & softcy; & ncy; & ocy; & jcy; & icy; & ncy; & fcy; & rcy; & acy; & kcy; & rcy; & acy; & scy; & ncy; & ycy; & iecy; & dcy; & acy; & tcy; & chcy; & icy; & kcy; & icy; & period;

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    40 tallest statues in the world + coordinates and video

    Mankind began to erect statues in ancient times.Then huge figures were erected in honor of the gods. The most famous statue that has survived from those times is the Egyptian Sphinx. But its dimensions, which seemed impressive in those years, are significantly inferior to modern creations. However, not all modern grandiose sculptures are dedicated to gods.

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    In the Middle Ages, there was a tradition of creating individual monumental human figures.The statues were tied to architectural forms and were placed in niches, near corners or in pavilions. But the most ambitious creations, of course, became a significant phenomenon in themselves, emphasizing the importance and significance of the figure depicted. It seemed to the authors of the sculptures that the higher it was, the more important and monumental the transmitted idea would seem. Our story will focus on the tallest statues on the planet today. It is worth considering that sometimes their height is artificially increased due to the pedestal.But we will not succumb to this trick and in our rating we will take into account the height of the statue itself.

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    Statue of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, 42 meters, China

    This saint is also called Visvabhadra, he personifies complete compassion and wisdom. A huge statue is located on the Chinese mountain Emeishan. The saint is depicted as having many faces and sitting on white elephants.

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    Statue of Lord Murugan, 43 meters, Malaysia

    Murugan, aka Kartikeya and Skanda, is an important Hindu deity. The son of Shiva and Parvati, he was the brother of Ganesha and was considered the patron saint of warriors. A statue of Murugan is installed at the entrance to the Batu Caves in Malaysia.They are also a temple where pilgrims come. It is here that the Taipusam festival with very exotic customs takes place. The statue was erected by 30 people for 3 years. It took 1,500 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of steel structures and 300 liters of gold paint to make it.

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    Statue of Kailashnath Mahadeva, 43 meters, Nepal

    The statue was created to remind of the Hindu god Shiva.For Nepal, this job is an engineering achievement. Construction was carried out in 2003-2010. The foundation went 30 meters deep to keep the figure on the slope. The statue itself is made of concrete, steel, zinc and copper. Every weekday, about 5,000 people come to worship the deity. The statue has significantly spurred religious tourism in Nepal.

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    Big Buddha Phuket, 45 meters, Thailand

    Made of white Burmese marble and concrete, the figure sits atop Nakkerd Hill in Thailand. The statue depicts Buddha Shakyamuni in a sitting position. The construction of the monument cost the country $ 95 million, the money was collected mainly through donations.

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    Birth of a New Man, 45 meters, Spain

    In honor of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, sculptor Zurab Tsereteli started a large-scale project. The work “The Birth of a New Man” became the first composition in the general row. In the presence of the King of Spain in 1995, an unusual monument was unveiled in Seville. It was from here that Columbus set sail. Inside the egg-dome, formed by sails and yards, a famous navigator stands with a map in his hands.The sails bear Maltese crosses and the names of three caravels. The unusual shape is inspired by the legend of Columbus, which showed that an egg can be placed vertically on a table by simply flattening the base.

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    Statue of Liberty, 46 meters, USA

    Not everyone knows, but the full name of almost the most famous statue in the world is Freedom Illuminating the World.This monument is located on Liberty Island, not far from Manhattan. The statue is a gift from France to America for the centenary of the country’s independence and for the 1876 World Exhibition. True, the fate of the monument was not easy – a bold idea demanded money, which was not found for a long time. In France, even in addition to charitable donations, they gave entertaining performances and organized a lottery. In the United States, performances were staged, boxing fights were held, and auctions were held. And the work on the statue was completed only in 1884.Then it was disassembled into 350 parts and taken to America. The construction of the pedestal and installation took another 2 years.

    The statue represents a woman whose clothing resembles a tunic. Broken shackles are trampled underfoot. On the woman’s head is a crown with seven rays, in one hand, raised above her head, a torch, and in the other – a stone tablet with the date of the adoption of US independence. The statue is made of thin copper sheets attached to a steel frame. An observation deck has been created at the base of the crown; a spiral staircase of 365 steps leads there.There is a ladder inside the hand that leads to the top of the torch. The Statue of Liberty is almost the most famous monument in the United States, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Statue of the Virgin Mary in Trujillo, 48 meters, Venezuela

    This statue was at one time the tallest in America, just a few meters ahead of the Statue of Liberty.The concrete Virgin Mary weighs about 1200 tons. The width of the monument is 16 meters. This is the tallest Virgin Mary in the world. The monument is located in the mountains, at an altitude of 1600 meters, 11 kilometers from the center of the Venezuelan town. The monument was built in 1983.

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    Statue of the goddess in Kamaishi, 48 meters, Japan

    Built in 1970.Once inside the figure, you will see an escalator that takes you up to the 11th floor. Inside the fish, which the goddess holds in her arms, there is an observation deck. There is also a worship hall with three Kannon statues. The goddess seems to be watching the Kamaishi Bay.

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    African Renaissance Monument, 49 meters, Senegal

    For African countries, gaining independence in the middle of the 20th century was the most important event in modern history.In the capital of Senegal, Dakar, this monument was erected in 2010 in honor of the half-century anniversary of the signing of the agreement on the country’s independence from France. The composition represents a man with a child on his shoulder, a young woman is standing nearby. The giant’s hand points in the direction of the ocean. Not everyone in the country approved of the president’s idea of ​​creating a monument, if only because of its high cost – $ 27 million.

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    Statue of Saint Rita, 50 meters, Brazil

    The 50-meter statue appeared in Brazilian Santa Cures in 2010. The reinforced concrete statue turned out to be the tallest in South America. And the statue is dedicated to Rita Kashiyskaya, whom the Brazilians consider to be an assistant in the most hopeless situations. It is believed that the Lord gave his ascetic an unfading rose. Therefore, she is depicted with a flower in her hand. And the day of the memory of St. Rita is an important holiday, during which everyone gives each other flowers and decorates their homes with them.

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    Guerrero Chimalli, 50 meters, Mexico

    In the Mexican city of Chimalhuacan, the main attraction is an unusual statue at the entrance. Due to the absence of high-rise buildings here, the red figure can be seen from afar.The sculpture shows that the locals honor their history. After all, the name of the city is translated as “place of shields” – and the sculpture has a shield in its hands. This handsome Aztec was created by the sculptor Sebastian, known for his abstract approach. The city authorities wanted to create a symbol of the power and strength of the region, a connection with history.

    The slender figure stands on 68 piles that go down 25 meters. The statue is formed by 33 parts, which required 300-ton cranes to fasten them together. But Guerrero was taller than the Statue of Liberty.True, the provincial quiet town does not quite correspond to the powerful dynamic image created by the statue.

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    Buddha Dordenma, 51 meters, Bhutan

    This huge statue appeared in Bhutan in 2010. Its full name literally translates as “Diamond Lightning Strike”.Inside the figure is a temple with tens of thousands of small gilded bronze Buddhas. The Buddha Dordenma is located on the top of Mount Changri Köngsel Phodrang among the ruins of the palace. An excellent view of the southern part of the capital of the country opens from here. And although the statue of Buddha itself is not the tallest, it turned out to be the highest located, because the height of the mountain is 2500 meters. It is interesting that the appearance of this figure was predicted, it should give the whole world happiness and blessing.

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    Tokyo Wang Kannon, 56 meters, Japan

    A huge statue of the goddess of mercy Kannon appeared in the Japanese capital in 1961 on the top of the Futtsu hill. Designed by Masae Usami. It offers excellent views of the Boso Peninsula and Tokyo Bay. The statue was built in honor of world peace, around it there are several memorial sites on this topic. You can climb the stairs up to the very forehead of Kannon, but the view outside opens through small holes in the wall.And the best view opens from the hands of the goddess, where there is an observation deck fenced off by a neat fence.

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    Aizu Jibo Kannon, 57 meters, Japan

    The erection of the statue was completed in 1987. It was installed in Aizu Park, Fukushima, Japan.The statue is dedicated to the goddess Jibo Kannon in the form of a loving mother with a veil on her head and a child in her arms. The image of the goddess is very reminiscent of the Virgin Mary. On the forehead of the goddess there is a round glass mark – this sign is considered auspicious by Buddhists.

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    Statue of Guan Yu in Jingzhou, 58 meters, China

    This grandiose monument is somewhat different in form from the traditional pacified representations of deities.The monument is dedicated to the already mentioned Chinese commander Guan Yu. The statue is completely bronze and sits on a 10-meter pedestal. The monument weighs more than 1320 tons; it took 4 thousand sheets of bronze to create it. The monument located on the banks of the river represents the commander in his military suit with a sword in his hands. Guan Yu shows his willingness to fight. There is a museum inside the pedestal. And the monument was opened in 2016.

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    Buddha Statue at Roi Et, 59 meters, Thailand

    This statue is also known as the Great Buddha of Roi Et.It is located in the Wat Bhurapha Piram temple in the Thai province of Roi Et. The construction of the monument began in 1973. It itself is made of concrete, but covered with mosaics. The local sculptor showed the Buddha in an unusual way, for which the monument is constantly criticized. But believers believe that the main thing in the figure is loyalty, and not external beauty. The sculpture represents a standing upright Gautam Buddha. It was erected by order of the abbot of the temple, the construction took 8 years.

    Experts say that the monument must stand for at least 150 years and withstand a 9-point earthquake.And although there are elevators inside that allow you to climb to the technical platforms in the hand with a shield and in the hand with a sword, visitors are not allowed access there.

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    Statue of Guan Yu, 61 meters, China

    Guan Yu in China is comparable to a deity, but he was a real person who lived during the Shu dynasty.The military leader is one of the main characters of the famous novel “Three Kingdoms” dating back to the XIV century. A courageous and just warrior began to be personified with the god of war. And this monument was erected in 2010 in the suburbs of the city of Yuncheng in the Chinese province of Shanxi.

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    Statue of Kuan Yin, 62 meters, China

    In China, on Mount Xiqiao in the Nanhan region, there is a national cultural park.In its center is a tall statue of the goddess Guanyin on a 15-meter pedestal.

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    Motherland, 62 meters, Ukraine

    The sculpture is part of the museum complex opened in Kiev in 1981 in honor of the next Victory Day.Initially, Evgeny Vuchetich began work on the statue, but after his death, the work was completed by Vasily Borodai. In the Soviet Union, there were no previous examples of creating a steel sculpture of this size, so the project became a challenge for engineers. The metal frame is made of stainless steel, and for the cladding they used electric welding and sheets 50 by 50 cm in size and 1.5 mm thick. The total length of the seams was 30 kilometers!

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    Statue of Goddess Kannon in Kuruma, 63 meters, Japan

    The monument to the Buddhist goddess appeared in 1983 in the Japanese city of Kuruma.The figure identified with mercy within is hollow. It is proposed to climb up the stairs. The walls are decorated with paintings depicting paradise life. Below, there are pictures and statues symbolizing hell. A park with less grandiose figures is laid out next to the main statue. There is also a temple with a souvenir shop.

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    Statue of Goddess Kannon at Shodo, 68 meters, Japan

    In the Japanese prefecture of Kagawa, in the village of Tonosho, there is a temple dedicated to the goddess Kannon. Its adornment is a huge statue. It was built in 1994. It houses 10,000 Buddha statues. There is an observation deck upstairs, which can be reached by elevator.

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    Leshan Buddha statue, 71 meters, China

    The uniqueness of this Chinese statue is its age. It is no coincidence that it is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For over 1000 years, the sculpture has been the tallest on the planet. The image of the Buddha is carved right into the thickness of the Lingyunshan cliff in Sichuan province, near the confluence of three rivers. The head of the deity rises flush with the mountain, and the feet rest against the water. More than 90 stone bodhisattvas are carved on the walls adjacent to the statue.

    Work on the monument began during the Tang Dynasty in 713 and lasted about 90 years. Only the head of the Buddha is 15 meters high. The body span of the deity is about 30 meters. But until the middle of the 17th century, the entire statue except the head was hidden by a thirteen-story temple. But the building burned down, revealing a magnificent creation.

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    Monument to the goddess Guanyin, 72 meters. Vietnam

    The goddess Guanyin is also revered in Vietnam, where many statues, including large ones, are dedicated to her.

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    Statue of Goddess Kannon in Kaga, 73 meters, Japan

    The statue was erected in 1988 in the Japanese prefecture of Ishikawa.The monument is not so much part of the temple as part of the Kaga theme park. A tall goddess with a small buddha in her arms is visible from afar. But the commercial facility itself is currently half-abandoned. Tourists passing by pay attention to the statue, but apart from its size, it does not surprise with anything.

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    Garuda Vishnu Kenchana, 75 meters, Bali, Indonesia

    This huge statue in Garuda Vishnu Kencana Park in Bali, Indonesia is dedicated to the god Vishnu. He is depicted sitting on a riding bird Garuda. The statue was recently opened in 2018. It also inspires a 46 meter pedestal. It took 28 years to erect the statue and cost $ 30 million. The 16-year hiatus was caused by the economic crisis. A monument of 754 modules was assembled, each measuring 3 by 4 meters and weighing about a ton.A stainless steel frame holds copper and brass plates with steel rods and 170,000 bolts. The statue can withstand earthquakes up to 8 points and wind speeds up to 250 km / h.

    Vishnu is a revered supreme deity, especially beloved in Bali. And the unchanging companion of God is the eagle Garuda, personifying secret knowledge. This creature is a symbol of Indonesia, it has a human body, but the wings, claws and head of a bird.

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    Statue of the goddess Kannon on Awaji. 80 meters, Japan

    And this sculpture “protects” the Japanese city. It was built in 1982 by the Japanese realtor Okunai Toyokichi, and the height of the goddess together with the pedestal is 100 meters. On the ground floor there is a transport museum, on the first floor – a temple, on the second – a museum of modern painting, on the third – a museum of modern ceramic art and clocks. There is an observation deck on the fourth floor of the complex, and the observatory is located on the 10th floor.There is a great view of the Osaka Bay from there.

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    Statue of Guanyin in Sanya, 80 meters, China

    The total height of the statue, including the pedestal, is 108 meters. Goddess Guanyin is depicted with three faces facing in different directions.One is directed into the interior of the Chinese island of Hainan, where the statue is located. And the other two gaze into the South China Sea, symbolizing protection from China and the world. The statue was completed in 2005 and 108 prominent Buddhist monks participated in the opening.

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    Motherland, 85 meters, Russia

    A monument-ensemble dedicated to the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad was erected on the Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd.In the center there is a sculpture called “The Motherland Calls!” This is the second part of the triptych, other parts are in Magnitogorsk and Berlin. According to the authors’ idea, the sword forged in the Urals was raised in Stalingrad and lowered with a victory in Germany. The iconic sculpture by Vuchetich represents the figure of a woman who, holding a sword in her hands, calls her sons to fight the enemy.

    The monument was built from 1959 to 1967. For 22 years, the Motherland was the tallest statue in the world. And until 2018, the statue was also the tallest of the non-religious.Its construction required 5500 tons of concrete and 2400 tons of metal structures. The 16-meter foundation is almost entirely hidden underground. The figure is hollow inside, it consists of rooms-cells. To calculate the stability of the structure, a whole team of engineers was called in under the leadership of N.V. Nikitin.

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    Buddha statue in Wuxi, 88 meters, China

    A bronze statue dedicated to Buddha Gautama is located at the top of Lingshan Hill in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. The erection of the monument took place quickly, it was laid in April 1994, and opened in November 1997. The weight of the bronze monument is 800 tons. The funds were provided by citizens of the province and other regions of China.

    At the foot of the hill there is a fountain of nine dragons, at the top of which a small Buddha is hiding in an opening lotus.The nearby park is filled with various sculptures of the deity, including a reduced original and his life-size hand.

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    Statue of Goddess Kannon in Ashibetsu, 88 meters, Japan

    At the time of its appearance in 1989, the statue became the tallest in the world, but the record lasted only a couple of years.Planning for the construction of the Kannon of Hokkaido began in 1975. The statue depicts a revered goddess; inside it is located as many as 20 floors with an elevator. Each level is dedicated to shrines and 8 places of worship of Kannon. And from the top platform, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Kita Park in Hokkaido.

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    Statue of the Goddess Guanyin in Changsha, 92 meters, China

    In the Chinese province of Hunan, there is this gilded bronze monument to the bohisattva Avalokiteshvara, the personification of the suffering of all Buddhas.In the Chinese tradition, this is the Guanyin woman, while in Japan it is the aforementioned Kannon. The huge, multi-armed and multifaceted figure was built at the initiative of the county government and with the support of local businesses in 2009. It is believed that Guanyin was given a thousand hands and a thousand eyes to help everyone in need on Earth.

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    Ang Thong Buddha statue, 92 meters, Thailand

    This statue is also known under the very high-profile names of the Great Buddha of Thailand and the Big Buddha.It is not only the height of the object that is striking, but also its width. The deity is shown seated in a maravijaya attitude, and the sculpture is 63 meters wide. The construction of the concrete facility began in 1990 and took 18 years to complete. The Buddha is painted in a dazzling golden color. The initiator of the appearance of the statue was the first abbot of the Wat Muang temple, which lies at the base. The believers donated money, for them it was a matter of honor. The hand touching the ground is also a kind of spiritual place – pilgrims strive to touch the tip of the deity’s middle finger.

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    Monument to Peter I, 98 meters, Russia

    The official name of the monument – “In commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the Russian fleet” by Zurab Tsereteli was erected in 1997 by order of the Moscow Government on an artificial island piled up at the separation of the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal.The highest quality bronze was used for the monument. The installation cost about $ 16.5 million at the 1997 exchange rate.

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    Statue of Goddess Kannon, 100 meters, Japan

    A stone statue of the goddess of mercy Kannon is located near the Japanese city of Sendai.The monument was built back in 1991. In the right hand of the Buddhist goddess there is a pearl of desires, and in the left – a vessel with water with wisdom. Inside the statue, 12 floors are formed on the highest of which is the temple dedicated to Kannon. It offers panoramic views of the countryside. On each of the floors, there are 8 statuettes of Buddhas, 108 of them in total – this is a symbol of human suffering and delusion.

    The entrance to the complex is designed in the form of a dragon’s mouth. In the hall on the first floor, you can also see 33 small statues of the goddess and 12 statues of the signs of the Chinese calendar.Interestingly, Canon, a major technology manufacturer, is named after this goddess.

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    Daibutsu Usiku, 100 meters, Japan

    This statue is considered the tallest bronze statue in the world. The 20-meter plinth is also made in the shape of a lotus.The Buddha statue is located in the city of Ushiku, 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. The statue itself is formed by 6,000 bronze plates. And its total weight is 4000 tons. Around the monument there is a park, in whose name the words are encrypted: “The holiness and mercy of Amida consecrate and elevate this place.” The right arm of the statue is in the raised position and the left is lowered. In this case, both palms are turned towards the observer. The Japanese believe that it was in this place that the Bodhisattva Dharmakar attained enlightenment and became the Buddha Amitabha.

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    Zhongyuan Buddha statue, 108 meters, China

    After the announcement of plans to erect a statue of the Future Buddha, Maitreya in India, the Chinese immediately organized their own, even more ambitious project. The Spring Temple Buddha or Fountainhead Buddha stands in Zhaocun Village in Henan Province.The statue was built in 2008, its 20-meter pedestal was a lotus. A couple of years later, the entire hill at the base was converted into two more pedestals, increasing the total height of the monument to 208 meters. In total, the project cost $ 55 million, only a third of which was spent directly on the statue.

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    Lezhong-Sasazha, 115.82 meters, Myanmar (Burma)

    This sculpture is dedicated to Buddha, and it is located near the city of Mounyua, in the countryside of Myanmar.The pedestal is 13 meters high. The construction of the monumental statue of Buddha began in 1996, and its construction took 12 years. At the time of its creation, the object became the tallest of its kind in the world. The structure of the pedestal is also interesting. It is formed from two steps. The first is an octahedron, similar to an oblong pyramid with truncated corners. On top of it is already an oval step. The main color of both the base and the monument itself is yellow. The statue itself is empty inside, it houses a museum of creativity related to Buddhism.

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    Unity Statue, 182 meters, India

    The tallest statue in the world is not dedicated to one of the revered gods, and it is not located in the tourist center. This is a monument to Vallabhai Patel, one of the leaders of the Indian independence movement, who became the country’s deputy prime minister.Together with the pedestal, the monument rises in general by 240 meters, which is 2.5 times the size of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was unveiled on October 31, 2018 in honor of the politician’s 143rd birthday. Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi said at the opening that the figure of Patel should inspire the people and educate their spiritual and national values.

    At the time of India’s independence, Patel himself was no less bright personality than Jawaharlal Nehru. And although they were both friends, their views on the development of the country were different.If Nehru adhered to the ideas of socialism and atheism, Patel leaned towards nationalism. Recently, it is his ideas that have been in demand in the political establishment of India. That is why this monument was erected. The petition to create the statue has been signed by 20 million people. And the expression on Patel’s own face expresses confidence, iron will, but at the same time kindness.

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    Load more 90,000 What to see in China.15 main attractions of the Celestial Empire

    China is immense. You will spend at least a week just to read the guidebook, and during your vacation you will not see even a hundredth part of the diversity and beauty. To make it easier to get around, Skyscanner shares the top 15 most inspiring places in China.

    Center of the World: Forbidden City


    The Forbidden City in Beijing is the largest palace complex in the world and a real thing in itself. For almost five centuries, 24 emperors ruled the Celestial Empire from the “Purple Forbidden City”.They were considered the sons of Heaven, and their palace was the center of not only China, but the entire Earth. It was a city within a city, immersed in ceremonies and rituals, consisting of signs and symbols, closed to outsiders. Now the Forbidden City is part of the Palace Museum, and more often it is called simply Gugun, “the former palace”.

    Gugun is like the Hermitage: it is impossible to see everything at once, besides, crowds of tourists are confused. If you want to truly immerse yourself in Chinese culture, we recommend that you take an audio guide in Russian for 40 yuan and set aside a whole day, or maybe two, for inspection.And in order to be absolutely fully armed, before the trip read the book “The Last Emperor of China. Pu Yi ”or watch the film of the same name by Bertolucci.

    Bamboo be-bears: Chengdu

    Sichuan Province

    The giant panda is the same symbol of the Celestial Empire, like the dragon and the Great Wall of China. In the 20th century, the Chinese even used panda diplomacy: they gave rare animals to other states to improve relations. Now pandas live in several mountainous regions of China, mainly in the Sichuan province, and with rare exceptions they get to zoos in other countries only on a lease basis.

    One of the best places to meet black and white teddy bears is at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center. It is better to arrive by 9 am, when the pandas are animated for breakfast. They will be asleep by noon. You can endlessly admire the unhurried animals, like burning fire and flowing water. If you manage to break away from the enclosure, meet another panda – red. It is about the size of a large cat, looks like a raccoon and belongs to a different family, but also adorable.

    Oasis on the Silk Road: Kashgar

    Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

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    The Great Silk Road is a network of ancient caravan trails that connected Europe and Asia. Where the paths crossed, the largest and most prosperous trading cities grew. One of them is Kashgar on the western border of the giant Takla-Makan desert, on the very edge of the Celestial Empire. In Kashgar, you constantly catch yourself thinking that you are not in China, but in Samarkand or Osh: the same melons, cakes from tandoor and pilaf, the same noisy bazaars and openwork mosques.You expect from the Uighurs that they are about to speak Russian or at least Kyrgyz: the faces seem so familiar.

    Like other Chinese cities where small peoples live, Kashgar is divided into two dissimilar parts: the old Uyghur and the new typical Chinese. The second quickly absorbs the first, so hurry up if you want to find the real Kashgar. The juice of the city is bazaars, of which Sunday is the most abundant. Spices, dried fruits, variegated fabrics, carpets, musical instruments, bowls – you will definitely find excellent gifts and souvenirs in local shopping arcades.

    Secrets of the Underwater World: Qiandaohu Lake

    Zhejiang Province

    Lake Qiandaohu was created when a hydroelectric dam was built on the Xin An River. Water spilled and flooded a piece of land the size of Samara. Only the tops of mountains and hills remained on the surface – this is how more than a thousand islands appeared. Take a boat ride to appreciate the scale and beauty of the man-made lake. Just make sure the guide speaks at least English, otherwise how will you recognize the local legends?

    There is a story to tell about the Lake of a Thousand Islands.Almost three dozen cities and a thousand villages are buried under the water column. The real treasure is Shi Chen, the Lion City, built over 1,300 years ago. Stone dragons, temples with curved roofs, thick walls of houses – all this can be seen if you decide to dive. But no – so at least look at the photos to know which Atlantis is to sail over.

    Army that is 2,200 years old: Terracotta army

    Shanxi Province

    In 1974, the peasants decided to dig a well in the vicinity of Xi’an, but instead of water they got a full-length clay statue of a warrior.Then it turned out that there were thousands of soldiers and they all looked to the east. So they found the terracotta army, which was buried 22 centuries ago together with Emperor Qin Shi Huang, so that he would not be left without protection in the afterlife.

    Terracotta warriors are “stationed” in three pavilions 35 km from Xi’an. See for yourself: there are no statues with identical faces here. Some are very close – under glass, as in an ordinary museum. Then you can see that everything – clothes, hairstyles, shoes – is done with amazing realism.The pavilions also keep figures of warriors in their original form: they are brightly painted in all the colors of the rainbow.

    In the land of snow: Lhasa

    Tibet Autonomous Region

    One of the most isolated cities in the world has always attracted Western travelers, but until the end of the 20th century, only a few managed to visit Lhasa. Now it’s easy to get to the “roof of the world”, you just need to take care of the formalities. According to Chinese rules, a trip to the Tibet Autonomous Region must be organized by a travel agency, which will take care of permits and other details.

    Lhasa will surprise you on the fly with the contrast between the wide Chinese avenues and the crooked streets of the Tibetan quarter. Life in the old city revolves around the Jokhang Temple, founded in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo. A stream of colorful pilgrims flows along Barkhor Street, which encircles the temple, for days on end. Join them for five or six circles around the Jokhang and walk into a dozen shops with flashy jewelry, thangka paintings and striped Tibetan aprons, then take a break.Sip Chang, a low-alcohol barley beer, and try Shemdre, a simple, hearty dish made from rice, potatoes and yak. With fresh energy, once again indulge in the maelstrom of Tibetan life, which has not changed so much over the past hundreds of years.

    To tune in, read Heinrich Harrer’s Seven Years in Tibet or watch the film of the same name starring Brad Pitt. And how to organize a trip to Tibet is described in detail in the blog of the Russian guide Anna Yatri.

    In the footsteps of the emperor: Mount Huangshan

    Anhui Province

    Photo: Arne Hückelheim, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The mountains of Huangshan floating in the clouds have been inspiring poets and artists for a long time. Even James Cameron admitted that he was looking for inspiration for Avatar. The place is really impressive: the rocks are steeply going up, the paths are laid over the abyss, and the waterfalls seem to pour straight from the sky. When the pointed peaks plunge into the fog, you feel like a character from a Chinese ink painting.

    Climb Huangshan by cable car or on foot. When you get tired of counting the endless steps, cheer yourself up with the thought that the mountain is named after the legendary Huang Di for a reason. They say that it was at this peak that the “Yellow Emperor” and the progenitor of all Chinese invented the elixir of immortality – what if you get lucky? And you also have a very real chance to see gloria – your shadow surrounded by colored rings. In China, this optical phenomenon is called the light of the Buddha.

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    Geometry in Nature: Longji Rice Terraces

    Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

    Longji Rice Terraces are unmatched at any time of the year.If you arrive in May, you will see how touching sprouts are planted and the terraces are filled with water that reflects the sky. In summer, Dragon’s Ridge turns green – you can’t imagine brighter! In early October, you will see the golden harvest, and by winter you can wander around the snowy amphitheater in the mountains.

    There are lovely villages between the rice steps. Spend the night in an atmospheric wooden guesthouse overlooking the terraced fields while getting to know the local Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong peoples at the same time.A little training – and you will remember that miao women love pleated skirts, and yao is easy to recognize by their unusual hairstyle: they cut their hair only once in their life – at 16 years old.

    Everything flows, everything changes: Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

    Sichuan Province

    Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve hides in the mountains in the north of Sichuan province. In terms of the power of impressions, it looks like an art gallery: absolutely everything is beautiful here. Jiuzhaigou is woven from high wooded mountains, noisy waterfalls and dozens of colorful lakes, in the clear water of which natural art objects from fallen trees lie.The Chinese gave everyone romantic names like Swan Lake, Bamboo Arrows Lake or Sleeping Dragon Lake. The locals cannot refuse imagery: the waterfall 320 meters wide really seems to be Pearl.

    In shape, Jiuzhaigou is similar to the letter Y, along which buses scurry, delivering tourists from one awesome place to another. But getting into the reserve itself is more difficult. You need to either shake the mountain road for a long time in a bus from Chengdu, or land at the spectacular Jiuzhaigou Huanglong airport at an altitude of 3448 meters, and then ride another hour by minibus.

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    Buddhism on the Silk Road: Mogao Caves

    Gansu Province

    _ Photo: Bairuilong, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons_

    Mogao Caves is a temple complex from the earliest history of Chinese Buddhism. You need to look for it in the southeast of the Taklamakan desert, where in ancient times two branches of the Great Silk Road were connected. It was through these places that merchants delivered carpets, wool and precious stones to China, as well as religions.Since the 4th century, Buddhist monks have carved caves here and decorated them with skillful frescoes – imagine how many have accumulated over a thousand years! More than seven hundred caves have survived to this day, and 492 of them have wall paintings and statues – a real encyclopedia of the history of Buddhism.

    The grottoes of Mogao, or the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas, are worth the journey of any difficulty. But if you are not going to those lands yet, valuable murals can be seen in the National Museum of Art of China in Beijing and, for example, in the Museum of Guimet in Paris.

    City of Victorious Matriarchy: Lijiang

    Yunnan Province

    _Photo: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons_

    In 1997, the ancient city inside Lijiang was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and since then even more people come there. The hustle and bustle does not harm Lijiang: you can always find a quiet corner and admire the snowy Yulong Xueshan Mountain, which appeared from behind the clouds. And then emerge to the shops and get lost among thousands of temptations — from Chinese tea to shawls that are weaved on looms in plain sight.Getting lost among the cobbled streets of Lijiang, moving from one amusing thing to another, is as easy as shelling pears. But this is for the best, because you don’t want to leave here at all.

    Lijiang is home to a nation with a distinctive culture – Naxi. Nasi women are easily recognizable by the thick capes on the back, with which they carry baskets. But the most interesting thing is that they have a real matriarchy! In urban conditions, traditions die off faster, but on Lake Lugu, which is 4-6 hours away, girls do not get married.They meet with the chosen ones only at night, in their home, and during the day they lead a free, independent life. Children are also raised alone. Achzhu is the name of this unusual form of marriage.

    Interesting about nasi – in the book of Peter Gulyar “Forgotten Kingdom”.

    Walk above the clouds: Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Yunnan Province

    The great Asian Yangtze River originates in the Tibetan Plateau at an altitude of 5,600 meters, and then falls sharply in the Sino-Tibetan Mountains.It is there that she breaks through the picturesque Tiger Leaping Gorge. 15 km long and 3,800 meters high, it is one of the deepest and most spectacular canyons in the world. There is something romantic-Lermontov’s in the name: according to legend, a tiger running away from hunters jumped over the river in the narrowest place – 25 meters! – and was able to escape.

    A road has been laid along the gorge, along which excursionists from Lijiang ride by buses. But it is much more interesting to go trekking along the upper trail. Narrow, steep, rocky in places, this trail is for those who are willing to work hard to see something special.Trekking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge is similar to paragliding on a first date in the heat of emotions. It takes two days to complete the route. You can spend the night and taste Yunnan cuisine in guesthouses along the way.

    Rainbow of Stones: Danxia Landscapes

    Gansu Province

    Danxia – a whole chain of unique landscapes in the southwest, southeast and northwest of China. The red sandstone rocky mountains look like a Martian movie set. It’s hard to believe that all these bright colors and strange shapes – towers, grottoes, caves and cliffs – were created by nature.

    You can see the mountain-sized multi-colored layer cake, for example, in the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark in Gansu Province. Buses run through the park that stop at the most spectacular and photogenic places and release tourists into space. It is a great success to see Danxia at sunset, when the striped mountains glow like Roerich’s paintings. You can spend the night in the town of Zhangye, 40 km from the park.

    Three religions in one: Xuankong-si Hanging Monastery

    Shanxi Province

    A 1400-year-old monastery hangs on a steep rock at the foot of the sacred mountain Hengshan.The whole structure rests on beams fixed in the rock and on thin high supports. The premises are connected by stone and wooden stairs, along which you walk, cautiously looking into the abyss. The monastery was seriously rebuilt several times, but it is still not clear how it existed for so many years.

    The uniqueness of Xuankong-si is also in the fact that it unites three religions at once: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. It is better to view dozens of different statues with a guide, he will help you understand the intricate pantheons.They get to Xuankong-si through the city of Datong – on the way, you will look into the ancient man-made caves of Yungang.

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    Chinese Venice: Zhouzhuang


    Idyllic Zhouzhuang is especially good for dessert in the huge chaotic Shanghai. The town has been bearing its current name since the 11th century, and the oldest houses are 700 years old. But the main charm of Zhouzhuang is the canals, which are here instead of streets.When you sail in a boat in the morning fog past whitewashed walls and tiled roofs, you involuntarily imagine that the Middle Ages are still in the yard.

    In Zhouzhuang, it’s nice to slow down and take your time. Sit in teahouses for extended periods, delve into the art of calligraphy, savor southern Chinese dishes, and wander the quiet narrow alleys. It is worth staying in “little Chinese Venice” for at least one night: illuminated old houses and curved bridges look even more magical than during the day.

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    90,000 Sculptures of fairies made of wire (22 photos)

    The British artist from Staffordshire, Robin White, creates stunning sculptures of fairies from stainless steel wire, striking in their grace and lightness.In the works of the author, they are presented as airy and graceful girls with long hair, wings, often decorated with elements of clothing in the form of flowers and leaves. The interweaving of steel threads creates an incredible sense of realism, it seems that in a moment the fabulous creatures will come to life and set off to create magic. Charming figures of different sizes seem to live their lives, bending in unexpected poses, dancing in the wind and trying to keep a huge dandelion from its gusts.

    The artist describes the whole process of creating an unusual sculpture on his website.It all starts with a drawing of the future creation, then its dimensions are determined and a strong frame made of thick wire is prepared. After that, the master proceeds to the most interesting thing – the formation of the “flesh” of the fairytale heroine from a thinner wire. The author creates the wings from the netting. The main part of each fairy is a stone heart placed inside with the original inscription engraved by the author.

    Robin White says that inspiration came to him quite unexpectedly – when he tried out his new digital camera, taking pictures in the morning forest.In one of the photographs, on a branch shrouded in fog, he saw a mysterious shining silhouette, very reminiscent of a fairy. In fact, it was a light effect resulting from the play of sunlight, leaves and branches, but the artist was very inspired by the event, which greatly influenced his further work. Since then, the sculptor has been displaying images of his favorite mythical characters in his truly fabulous works.

    Most of White’s creations adorn Trentham Gardens, UK.All other wire fairies are in private collections. the artist is happy to make sculptures to order.

    Ancient Delphi: Sights and Temples

    Delphi , one of the most ancient cities and sights of Greece , was famous in the ancient world for its temple of Apollo and the famous Delphic oracle, to which pilgrims from all over Oycumene gathered for fortune-telling.The ancient Greeks attached great importance to the Temple of Apollo located in Delphi and to the Delphic Oracle , . Today, the archaeological sites of Delphi are under the protection of UNESCO and are included in the list of World Heritage Sites.

    Delphi is located at the foot of Mount Parnassus – the habitat of the god Apollo, the patron of the arts, and his companions – nine muses. According to the ancient Greeks, this was the center of the earth. This is how Delphi were depicted on ancient maps.Here, among the ruins of an ancient sanctuary, the “navel of the Earth” was found – a marble statue, on the surface of which ribbons pulling it are depicted. The Greeks called him Omphalos.

    The sanctuary in Delphi originated in ancient times and was traditionally associated with the soothsayers of fate. Here, as the writer of the III century wrote. Justin, there was “a small platform with a deep crevice on it, opening for oracles. A cold stream of air, driven upward by some force, like a wind, comes out of this crevice, drives the minds of soothsayers into a frenzy and, filling them with divine inspiration, makes them give answers to the questioners. “The soothsayers (pythias) sat over a crevice from which intoxicating couples emerged and, falling into a trance, began to pronounce the words that the priests of the temple – profits – listened attentively and wrote down as a prediction, as a rule, giving it a literary form, usually in the form of poetry. Initially, the Pythia were young girls, but then the Pythia began to choose an elderly woman at least fifty years old.

    Legend says that at first the Delphic oracle did not belong to Apollo, but to the goddess of the Earth Gaia and the nymph Daphne was the first soothsayer.Apollo took possession of the sanctuary, killing Typhon, the dragon-serpent who guarded the oracle, and Daphne, pursued by Apollo to escape, turned into a laurel tree. Since then, the laurel tree has become the sacred tree of Delphi. And in honor of the oracle Apollo, sports competitions – the Pythian Games – were regularly held in Delphi. The last games took place at Delphi in 394 AD.

    The Temple of Apollo in Delphi played a huge role in the life of the ancient Greeks at all times of their history. Not a single serious matter, whether it was of a private nature or concerned the interests of an entire state, began without the advice of the Delphic oracle.The tsars Midas of Lydia, Tarquin the Proud, the legendary rich man Croesus, the great commander Alexander the Great came to the Delphic Pythias for advice. The prophecy of the Delphic oracle, given by him to the Lydian king Croesus, who was going to go to war, became a textbook: “Croesus, crossing the river Gallis, will destroy the great kingdom.” The delighted Croesus, deciding that the oracle predicted victory for him, started a war, but his own kingdom was destroyed …

    Everyone entering the temple of Apollo had to first bathe in the waters of the Kastal spring.The water of the spring was considered sacred, it cleansed the servants of the temples of filth, it was drunk before the Pythian Games by the participants of the competitions. The Kastalsky Key is located at the foot of the Fedriada Rock, and in its wall, in ancient times, small niches were cut out, intended for gifts brought by pilgrims, and a pool was built in the rock under the key.

    From the Kastalsky brook, the road went to the sacred site of land – temenos, on which the temple of Apollo and the oracle were located. Temenos was surrounded by a high stone wall with several gates.The central entrance was opposite the Kastalsky Key.

    Over the long centuries of its existence, many outstanding works of art, marble and bronze statues have been accumulated in the Temple of Apollo. The kings and peoples of the ancient world brought generous gifts to the oracle to the Delphic temple. On the territory of the sanctuary, beautiful structures once stood. Few of them have survived to this day.

    Along the Sacred Road from the Central Gate to the Temple of Apollo, there were once numerous statues – gifts and donations from various Greek cities, many of which are now kept in the museum of the city of Delphi.The inhabitants of the island of Kerkyra installed a copper bull here, the citizens of the city of Tegea – many statues of gods and heroes. The Spartans commemorate the victory over the Athenians at the end of the 5th century. BC. donated statues of Dioscuri, Zeus, Apollo, Artemis and Poseidon. There were also the gifts of Athens – the statues of Athena, Apollo, Erechtheus, Cecrops, the Athenian commander Miltiades, the conqueror of the Persians at Marathon. All of them were created by the great sculptor Phidias. Even further away were the gifts of Argos – statues of gods, heroes and leaders, including the commander Amphiaraus, carved together with his war chariot, and a copper horse by the sculptor Antiphanes.

    Any Greek citizen could donate a statue to Apollo. The great sculptor Praxitel donated a statue of Phryne of his own work to the temple, and the famous physician Hippocrates donated a copper statue of a person exhausted by illness. There were a huge number of sculptures in the sanctuary, their number reached three thousand. These treasures were later partly plundered and partly destroyed. Only the Roman emperor Nero removed from Delphi about five hundred statues. A three-headed copper snake with three bodies, taken from Delphi, later adorned the palace of the Byzantine emperors.

    Temple treasuries stretched behind the statues. Especially precious gifts to Apollo were kept here. Many treasuries were “family” – in them for centuries the gifts of residents of certain cities and regions accumulated. The ancient historian Pausanias writes about the treasures of the Athenians, Thebans, Sikionians, Sifnosians, Potideans, Cnidians and Syracusans. Some of the treasuries are in ruins, others – for example, the treasury of the Athenians – have been restored and restored. Many of the treasuries are made of marble and are decorated with numerous images and sculptures carved in stone on themes of mythology and Greek history.Numerous fragments of these sculptures and reliefs have survived to this day.

    ancient Delphi

    At the walls of the sanctuary, travelers were met by the Naxos Sphinx standing on a high column. It was donated to the sanctuary by the inhabitants of the island of Naxos. His figure has survived and was found by archaeologists in 1893. The fantastic monster sculpted from marble has a height of 2.32 m and resembles another sphinx that once stood in the legendary homeland of Apollo – the island of Delos.

    And in the center of the sanctuary was the building of the temple of Apollo itself.He was surrounded by many marble and bronze figures. The temple was built in 366-339. BC, on the site of several successive beds, the earliest of which dates from 548-547. BC. But even before her, there were at least three more temple buildings-predecessors in this place.

    Today, several columns and foundations have survived from the majestic Temple of Apollo. The temple is 60 meters long and 23 meters wide. Once it was surrounded on all sides by six columns at the ends and fifteen at the long sides.It was a classic ancient Greek temple called periptera. “Peripter” means “feathered”, that is, surrounded by columns on all sides. Blank walls of marble towered behind a solid colonnade.

    The pediments of the Temple of Apollo were richly decorated with multi-figured reliefs and marble and limestone sculptures. Only the figure of the goddess of victory Nike and fragments of the figure of the goddess Athena have survived to this day. According to Pausanias, in addition to Nike, the temple was decorated with statues of Apollo, Artemis, Leto, Helios, Dionysus.

    The entrance to the temple was on the east side. It is characteristic that it was forbidden to enter the temple for people who in any way tarnished their name and reputation. “Temples of the immortals are open to honest people!” – the ancient Greeks were convinced. In front of the entrance to the temple there was a white-stone altar, built of white marble slabs by the inhabitants of the island of Chios at the beginning of the 5th century. BC. Near the altar, the ceremony of freeing slaves to freedom was carried out.

    Naos – the main interior of the temple – was divided into three parts by two rows of columns.Once there was an altar and an unquenchable fire burned. In the western wall there was a door leading to the main sanctuary – aditon. Here, above the crevice of the rock, from which the intoxicating vapors came out, was the famous golden tripod, on which sat the soothsayer-Pythia. Here stood the “navel of the Earth” – Omphalos, and a laurel tree grew – the symbol of Delphi. Aditon was consecrated by a statue of Apollo, cast in pure gold.
    The inner walls of the temple were decorated with trophies of the Athenians taken in the Battle of Marathon – Persian shields and armor, the armor of the Gauls – a gift from the Aetolians.The best and most precious gifts to Apollo were kept in the temple. There were marble statues of the great Homer, statues of the goddesses of fate Moira, Zeus and Apollo.

    B 1st century BC. the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi was captured and plundered by the Roman general Sulla. The Romans took away from here a lot of precious things, gold and silver items, monuments of art glorified throughout the ancient world, marble and bronze statues. But the Delphic oracle continued to exist for several more centuries, until in the IV century.was not forbidden by the emperor Theodosius – the time of Christianity was coming.

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