Top Ten Statues of the Sphinx

Top Ten Statues of the Sphinx

       A sphinx is a mythical creature with, as a minimum, the body of a lion and the head of a human or a cat. In Greek tradition, it has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. She is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer her riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent in contrast to the malevolent Greek version and was thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples. In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Ancient Egyptian concept, was exported into many other cultures, albeit often interpreted quite differently due to translations of descriptions of the originals and the evolution of the concept in relation to other cultural traditions. Generally the role of sphinxes is associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The oldest known sphinx was found near Gobekli Tepe at another site, Nevali Çori, or possibly 120 miles to the east at Kortik Tepe, Turkey, and was dated to 9,500 BC.

  1. The Sphinx

    The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most famous statue in Africa and is an icon of Egyptian culture and a testament to their achievements. It resides on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River and faces east. It dates to the fourth dynasty of ancient Egypt, although the exact date of its construction is uncertain. The head of the Great Sphinx is now believed to be that of the pharaoh Khafra.
    Links: Top Ten Egyptian Attractions, Top 100 African Sculptures, Top Ten Egyptian Sculptureshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx,
  2. Romanian Sphinx

    The Romanian Sphinx is a rock formation in the Bucegi Mountains in Romania. It is located at an altitude of 2,216 m, a 10 minute walk from the Babele. The first photo of the Great Bucegi Sphinx was probably taken in about the year 1900. This photo was taken from a front position, not from a lateral one, as it appears in the usual pictures nowadays. This way it was only named in the year 1936. The image of the sphinx appeared when the rock, having an 8 m height and a 12 m width, was watched from a certain angle.
    Links: Top Ten Romanian Attractions, Top 100 European Sculptures, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_(Romania),
  3. House of the Temple Sphinxes, Washington DC, USA

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  4. Phykion

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  5. Town Hall of Paris

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  6. Bicha of Balazote

    The Bicha of Balazote is an Iberian sculpture that was found in the borough of Balazote in Albacete province (Castile-La Mancha), Spain. Bicha is a Spanish word, one meaning of which is a hybrid man/animal. Carlos Fuentes has called it the “Beast of Balazote.” The sculpture has been dated to the 6th century BC, and has been in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain in Madrid, since 1910.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicha_of_Balazote,
  7. Spanish Sphinx (Mid-18th Century)

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  8. Belvedere Palace Sphinx, Vienna, Austria

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  9. Sphinx Guarding the Entrance of Parque Guinle, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  10. Gardens of Harewood House, West Yorkshire, UK

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  11. Potsdam, Sphinx in Park Sanssouci

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  12. Blickling Hall Gardens Sphinx

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  13. Sphinx, Belgium

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  14. Trent Park House Sphinx, UK

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Top Ten Statues of Jesus

Top Ten Statues of Jesus

  Jesus (artwork)

       Joshua be Joseph was a carpenter from Nazareth who along with twelve apostles proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom of God to all those who would receive it and in turn enlightened a universe on the spiritual understanding of the cell-like individuality of God.

  1. Cristo Redentor (1931)

    Overlooking the Rio de Janeiro harbor, Brazil, the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. The statue measures 39.6 m (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 m (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 m (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tons (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700 m (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. It is one of the tallest of its kind in the world. The statue of Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is slightly taller, standing at 40.44 meters (132.7 ft) tall with its 6.24 meters (20.5 ft) pedestal and 34.20 meters (112.2 ft) wide. A symbol of Catholicism, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.
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  2. Cristo de la Concordia (1994)

    Cristo de la Concordia is a statue of Jesus Christ located on San Pedro hill in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The statue is 34.20 m (112.2 ft) tall, on a pedestal of 6.24 m (20.5 ft), bringing its total height to 40.44 meters (132.7 ft). The statue is slightly larger than Christ the Redeemer (located in Rio de Janeiro), making it the largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world. It is also the largest statue of any kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
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  3. Christ Blessing (Kristus kase Berkat)

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  4. Cristo Resucitado, Christ Resurrected

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  5. Cristo-Rei (1959)

    Cristo-Rei, Christ the King, is a Catholic monument of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and inaugurated on 17 May 1959. At that time, Portugal was being ruled by the President of the Council António de Oliveira Salazar and it was on his orders that the Cristo-Rei was built.
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  6. Cristo de las Noas (1973)

    El Cristo de las Noas, located on the Cerro de las Noas hill, in the Mexican city of Torreón, Coahuila, is a sculpture by Vladimir Alvarado, who wanted to immortalize his work with an enormous protecting Christ. The gigantic statue measures 71.5 ft (21.80 meters) from its base, and is made of over 580 tons of reinforced concrete; it is the most significant symbol not only of Torreón, but of all the Comarca Lagunera region. The project was conceived in 1973 by José Rodriguez Tenorio, and is the third biggest Christ statue in Latin America, only smaller than the statue of Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
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  7. Cristo de El Cubilete (Christ King of the Mountain of El Cubilete), Mexico

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  8. Christ of Havana

    The Christ of Havana is a large sculpture representing Jesus of Nazareth in Havana, Cuba. It is the work of the Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera. The statue was carved out of Carrara marble, the same material used for many of the monuments of the Colon Cemetery. The statue is about 20 meters (66 ft) high and sits on a 3 meter base. It weighs approximately 320 tons. The statue was built from 67 blocks of marble that had been brought from Italy after being personally blessed by Pope Pius XII. The figure of Christ is standing with one hand held high and the other hand on his chest. Facing the city, the statue was left with empty eyes to give the impression of looking at all from anywhere to be seen.
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  9. Cristo Rei of Dili, Christ the King

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  10. King of Kings (2004)

    King of Kings is a 62-foot (19 m)-tall statue of Jesus on the east side of I-75 near Monroe, OH, United States. It depicts Jesus from the chest up, with his arms and head raised to the sky. The statue was financed by donations for its construction and not from the church budget or general donations. Since its construction at a cost of $250,000, the statue has been given many nicknames by local residents and I-75 travelers, such as “Giant Jesus”,”8-Ball Jesus”, “Big Butter Jesus”, “Touchdown Jesus”, “MC 62 Ft. Jesus”, “Drowning Jesus” and “Quicksand Jesus.” It was erected in September 2004. The statue is located in front of Solid Rock Church, a 4000+ member megachurch in Monroe.
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  11. The Broken Christ (2006)

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  12. Bonus: Christ of the Abyss

    Christ of the Abyss refers to a number of bronze sculptures of Jesus Christ submerged in water. The original sculpture, “Il Cristo degli Abissi” is in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. It was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 meters depth, and stands 2.5 meters (8.5 feet) tall. “Il Cristo degli Abissi” was created by Guido Galletti after an idea of Italian swimmer / diver Duilio Marcante. The statue was placed near the spot where Dario Gonzatti died in 1947. He was the first Italian to use SCUBA gear. The statue depicts Christ in a pose offering a blessing of peace. His hands and head are raised toward the surface.
    Links: Top Ten Dario Gonzatti Sculptures, Top Ten Underwater Sculptures, Top Ten Places to Scuba Dive, Top Ten Unique Places to Swimhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_of_the_Abyss,
  13. Monument of Jesus Christ, Częstochowa, Poland

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  14. Christ of Vung Tau (1974-1993)

    Christ of Vung Tau is a statue of Jesus, standing on Mount Nho in Vung Tau, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Dong Nam Bo, Vietnam. The Catholic Association built the statue in 1974 and it was completed in 1993. It is 32 m  (105 ft) high, standing on a 4 m (13 ft) high platform, for a 36 m (118 ft) total monument height with two outstretched arms spanning 18.3 m (60 ft). There is a 133-step staircase inside the statue.
    Links: Top Ten Vietnamese Attractions,
  15. Christ of the Ozarks (1966)

    Christ of the Ozarks statue is a monumental sculpture of Jesus located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, atop Magnetic Mountain. It was erected in 1966 by Gerald L. K. Smith, a Depression-era religious and political figure who briefly led the Share Our Wealth movement initiated by Huey Long. The statue is a popular tourist attraction, but remains controversial with local residents due to Smith’s association with white supremacist and antisemitic organizations throughout his career.
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Top Ten Statues of Buddha

Top Ten Statues of Buddha

       Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama or Shakyamuni, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. A native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one,” and is used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the Sramana (renunciation) movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kośala. The times of Gautama’s birth and death are uncertain, though most historians date his lifetime as circa 563 BC to 483 BC, though most agree that he lived between the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years after his life.

  1. Starving Buddha, Taxila, Pakistan

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  2. Spring Temple Buddha (2002)

    The Spring Temple Buddha is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. It is placed within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311. At 128 m (420 ft), which includes a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world.
    Links: Top Ten Chinese Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Temple_Buddha,
  3. Standing Buddha from Gandhara, Pakistan (1st Century AD)

    The Standing Buddha of the Tokyo National Museum is a remarkable example of Greco-Buddhist statuary. Comparable ones can be found in the Musee Guimet in France, and in various museum of the Indian subcontinent. The statue is dated by the museum to the 1st or 2nd century AD.
    Links: Top Ten Japanese Attractions, Top Ten Pakistani Attractions, Top Ten Asian Museums, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_Buddha,
  4. Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan (1993)

    The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is one of the world’s tallest statues. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 meters (394 feet) tall, including the 10m high base and 10m high lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up to 85m off the ground, where an observation floor is located. It depicts Amitabha Buddha and is plated with bronze. It is also known as Ushiku Arcadia.
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  5. Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, China (1996)

           Located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China, the Grand Buddha is one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world. At more than 88 meters high, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is a bronze Sakyamuni standing Buddha outdoor, weighing over 700 tons. It was completed in the end of 1996.
    Links: Top Ten Chinese Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Buddha_at_Ling_Shan,
  6. Tian Tan Buddha (1993)

           Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993 and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
    Links: Top Ten Hong Kong Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Tan_Buddha,
  7. Leshan Giant Buddha (1713-1803)

           The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world and at the time of its construction was the tallest statue in the world.
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  8. Statue of Buddha in Kurunegala

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  9. The Great Buddha Statue in Longmen Grotto

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  10. Great Buddha in the Coiled Nāga

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  11. Golden Buddha

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  12. The White Buddha statue of Long Son Pagoda

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  13. Golden Maitreya Buddha of Beopjusa

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  14. Sarnath Buddha (4th Century AD)

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  15. Buddha Statue

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  16. Japanese Tea Garden Buddha, Golden Gate Park

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  17. Great Standing Maitreya Buddha

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  18. Buddha

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  19. Gold Buddha

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  20. Great Buddha of Thailand (2008)

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  21. Laykyun Setkyar (2008)

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  22. Standing Amitabha Buddha of Fo Guang Shan

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  23. Bingling Temple Maitreya Buddha

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  24. Bonus: Smiling Buddha of the Bao Jue Temple

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  25. Bonus: Buddha Statue Vitarka Mudra

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  26. Bonus: Hand of Buddha

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