The 12 Tallest Statues in the World

Posted by admin On 10/07/2014 0 comments

The statues on this list are immense and unfamiliar. Just for comparison, the Statue of Liberty would be all the way down at number 38 on this list!

12.The Motherland Calls, 87m, Russia

Mamayev Monument, is a statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. Height is 87 metres from the tip of its sword to the top of the plinth. The figure itself measures 52 metres, and the sword 33 metres.  It is the tallest statue of a woman in the world.

When the memorial was completed in 1967 it was the tallest sculpture in the world.[map]

11.Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, 88m, China

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The Grand Buddha  is located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. It is one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world.

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At more than 88 metres 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. [map]

10.Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park, 88 m , Japan

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The Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park is a statue in Ashibetsu, Japan. The statue also depicts Kannon, or the bodhisattva Guanyin. It stands 88m tall and its construction was completed in 1989. [map]

9.Great Buddha of Thailand, 92 m, Thailand
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The Great Buddha of Thailand, also known as The Big Buddha, The Big Buddha of Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, and Mahaminh Sakayamunee Visejchaicharn, is the tallest statue in Thailand, and the ninth tallest in the world.

Located in the Wat Muang Monestary in Ang Thong province, this big buddha Thailand statue stands 92 m  high, and is 63 m wide. Construction commenced in 1990, and was completed in 2008. It is painted gold and made of cement.[map]

8.Peter the Great Statue, 98 m, Russian

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

7.Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan, 99 m, China

Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes is the fourth tallest statue in China, and the seventh tallest in the world. This gilded bronze monument depicting Avalokitesvara stands 99 m tall, and is located in Weishan, Changsha, Hunan, People's Republic of China.[map]

6.Sendai Daikanno, 100 m, Japan

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Sendai Daikannon, located in Sendai, Japan, is the sixth tallest statue in the world at 100 meters (328 feet). An elevator takes tourists to the top of the statue, which depicts the Japanese Buddhist Bodhisattva Kannon.[map]

5.Emperors Yan and Huang, 106 m, China

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The_sculptures of the Emperors Yan and Huang are the sixth tallest statues in the world at 106 meters. They depict two of the earliest Chinese emperors, Yan Di and Huang Di. The construction lasted 20 years and was completed in 2007. They are located in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, People's Republic of China. [map]

4.Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, 108 m, China
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The Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya is a 108-metre statue of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (better known as Guanyin in East Asia), sited on the south coast of China's island province Hainan near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya. This is currently the fourth tallest statue in the world (many of which are Buddhist statues) and the tallest statue of Guanyin in the world.

The statue took six years to build and was enshrined on April 24, 2005, with the participation of 108 eminent monks from various Buddhist groups in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China, and tens of thousands of pilgrims.[map]

3.Ushiku Daibutsu, 110 m, Japan
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Ushiku Daibutsu is a statue located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 metres tall, including the 10 m base and 10m lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up 85 m to an observation floor.

It_was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jōdo Shinshū or "True Pure Land School" of Buddhism. [map]

2.Laykyun Setkyar, 116 m, Burma
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The Laykyun Setkyar is the second tallest statue in the world at 116 metres. This statue of Gautama Buddha stands on a 13.5 metres throne located in the village of Khatakan Taung, near Monywa, Myanmar. Construction began in 1996 and was completed on 21 February 2008.It was built by the Chief Abbot Ven. Nãradã, who died on the 22nd of November, 2006. [map]

1.Spring Temple Buddha, 128, China

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 The Spring Temple Buddha is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China, built from 1997 to 2008. It is located within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311. At 128 m, which includes a 20 m lotus pedestal, it is the tallest statue in the world. [map]

The 10 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Posted by admin On 2/19/2014 0 comments

Many people doesn’t know, and didn’t even heard about these famous abandoned places. Many of these places are really something amazing, but they are also really sad when you take a closer look at them. On the folowing list, you can see , abandoned ships, as well as the abandoned houses, and so many other things, that are really amazing and magnificent. So, check out these amazing abandoned places .

1. The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Australia

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The SS Ayrfield –  previously known as the SS Corrimal, is (nowadays) a rusty shipwreck with dense vegetation on the surface of the wreck, it is stuck in the calm waters of homebush bay (west of Sydney,  Australia)  The SS Ayrfield was built in the UK in 1911 and was sent to  Homebush Bay for breaking-up on 6 October 1972.
The hull is located near the mouth of Haslams Creek right beside bennelong parkway (sydney olympic park) the shipwreck’s bow is pointing towards the shore.

2.The Maunsell Sea Forts in England

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The Army forts were different in design from the Navy platforms as each had seven towers linked together by walkways. Six of the towers were armed, the seventh held the searchlights and they were manned by a complement of 120. They were built in 1942 at Shivering Sands, Red Sands and Great Nore. Each 300 tonne tower was preconstructed before being towed out to sea, sunk into position and then connected to the next tower.

 3.Abandoned Blade Mill, France

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A blade mill was a variety of water mill used for sharpening newly fabricated blades, including scythes, swords, sickles, and knives.
In the Sheffield area, they were known as cutlers wheels, scythesmiths wheels, etc. Examples are preserved in Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. They also existed in the 17th century and 18th century in Birmingham and in connection with the scythe industry in Belbroughton and Chaddesley Corbett in north Worcestershire. There were also small numbers in other areas of England.

4. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain
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Canfranc Rail Station was part of an international railway route through Spain and France. An accident in 1970 destroyed a nearby bridge and ended international rail links between the two countires, leaving Canfranc deserted.

5. Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay
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Holland Island was once five miles long. It was home to a fishing community of 250 to 360 people, with more than 60 homes, a church and other buildings. But erosion forced the residents to leave — with the last fleeing in 1922 — and for decades now the island has been receding into the bay and only one abandoned home remained, threatened by the bay.

 6.Hashima Island, Japan
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The island is known as Hashima, or alternatively as Gunkanjima ("Battleship") Island, and it sits about nine miles off the Japanese coast in the East China Sea.
In the past Hashima Island was rich in coal, with over 5000 miners once living on the island. When petrol replaced coal as Japan's main source of fuel, the settlement was left abandoned. Now the once thriving town is creepily abandoned, with only shadows remaining.

7.Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

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 Diamonds were found in this particular area in 1908 and caused an influx of German miners. The village was built in the architectural style of a German town and even had the first tram in Africa that lead to the next town. It had many amenities and buildings including a theater, hospital, casino, school, bowling alley, ballroom and sport-hall, power station, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere.

8.Abandoned dome houses Florida

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On the southern tip of Cape Romano Island in Florida there these lovely and interesting abandoned domes. They were built in 1982 and are now slipping into the gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005 it did a lot of damage to the domes as well as wash away some of the coast line.

9.I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium

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The I.M. Cooling Tower is part of an abandoned power plant located in Monceau, Belgium. While in use, the tower cooled incoming hot water by using wind. The wind would enter the opening at the bottom of the tower and rise up, cooling the hot water. The air would then become warm and leave the tower. During its prime, the I.M. Cooling Tower could cool up to 480,000 gallons of water per minute.

10.Christ of the Abyss - San Fruttuoso, Italy
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The statue was born from an idea by Duilio Marcante following the death of Dario Gonzatti, one of the pioneers of scuba diving, during a dive in 1950. Duilio pushed for the installation of a statue of Christ on the seabed; on 22 August 1954 the statue of the Christ of the Abyss was placed in the bay in front of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino, near the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. The statue, about 2.50 meters high and built by sculptor Guido Galletti, was placed by the Italian Navy about 15 meters deep, with the help of many divers.

10 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist

Posted by admin On 2/04/2014 0 comments

 The world is so full of natural wonders that new, amazing and unbelievable places can be discovered every day.These unbeliavable places from all around the world are, in their own right, beautiful. Consisting of everything from individual monuments to expanses of water and ancient villages to modern cities, they may not all be attracting, appealing or aesthetically pleasing to everyone, but to some, they are some of the most stunning places on earth. And yes, all those of those places are real!

1.Tulip Fields, Netherlands

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Covering some 79 acres (32 hectares), the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens is the world’s largest flower garden. Come springtime, the meandering, wooded gardens are visited by some 800,000 flower-lovers, who come to soak up the blaze of color that envelops the park, its greenhouses, brooks and shady ponds and winding paths. It’s truly a memorable sight. 

2.Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
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The-park covers an area of ​​3.5 hectares and the flowers are amazing all year round. Each season you will find a different variety of flower blossoming over the "Miharashi No Oka", a hill commanding a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The park is particularly famous for blue nemophilas. Nemophilas are annual flowers with transparent blue petals. During spring, more than 4.5 million blue nemophilas bloom all over the park. The blooming period is called “Nemophilia Harmony” and attracts many visitors.

3.Canola Flower Fields, China

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In early spring t you can witness an amazing “Golden Sea” of canola flowers. The canola flower fields in China are one of the world’s beautiful sight’s in small Luoping (Yunnan, China). Vast farmlands get covered in golden, yellow rapeseed flowers stretching as far as the eyes can see, all the way to the horizon. The best time to visit Luoping for this visual fiesta is February through March, by June the show is over.

4.Lavender Fields, France
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Fragrant lavender fields bloom from June to August in the Luberon, around the Mont-Ventoux, in the region of Sault and that of Valréas; such amazing scenery and atmosphere make the lavender fields one of the summer Must-Sees in Provence.

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This blue gold has been used for a long time to make soap and cosmetics ; it is also part of the Provençal cuisine and lavender honey and lavender sorbets are worth a taste !

5.Bamboo Forest, Japan

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The Sagano Bamboo Forest is located to the northwest in Kyoto Basin, Japan, covering an area of 16 square kilometers. It is one of the most beautiful natural environment in entire Japan, not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the sound the wind makes as it blows through the thick bamboo grove. 

6.Street in Bonn, Germany 
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 Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany. A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called sakura after the Japanese. The cherry blossom is a major tourist attraction in Germany's Altes Land orchard region. The largest Hanami in Germany, in Hamburg, with Japanese-style fireworks, organized by the German-Japanese society, draws tens of thousands spectators every spring.

 7.Red Beach, Panjin, China
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Liaohe River Delta contains a very unique piece of landscape, the Red Beach. Not far from Panjin City, China lies a beach that during the summer months looks like any other beach. Beautiful waters and a bit of green sea weed.

8.Fields of Tea, China

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The Longjing Tea Plantation is located in the West Lake Scenic Area. The plantation is a base for Longjing Tea cultivation in Hangzhou. The tea fields are distributed in many places inside the West Lake Scenic Area and they are the state's tea gift production base.

 9.Shibazakura Flowers, Takinoue Park, Japan
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Takinoue Park in Takinoue Town (Takinoue-cho) is famous for moss pink, tiny flowers that spread for 100,000 m2. The flowers grew from a carton of seedlings to become the biggest moss pink community in Japan. The best season is from mid-May to early in June. Pink Moss Festival is held in mid May. 

Deadvlei, Namibia
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Among the towering red dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park in the central Namib Desert is an area known as Sossusvlei. It is a strange and alien landscape. The rich red dunes that surround the area owe their hue to age -- over thousands of years, the sand has literally rusted.