The 13 must see statues in Europe

 

Country: Belarus

In the extreme south west of Belarus close to the border with Poland is the Brest Hero Fortress Memorial Complex, the centre piece of which is an enormous 30 metre (100 ft) high rock sculpture known as Courage. Dominating the site at Brest Fortress, this immense monolithic stone statue depicts a soldiers head projecting from a huge rock.

13. Courage

 

Country: Bulgaria

Built in 1957 in the city of Plovdiv, in the southern centre of Bulgaria, stands an 11 metre (36 ft) tall concrete statue of a Soviet soldier, the Alyosha Monument. Constructed to commemorate Soviet casualties incurred during the occupation of Bulgaria in World War II, the monument has been threatened with removal since it's installation. Overlooking the city of Plovdiv, it remains the tallest statue in Bulgaria.

12. Alyosha Monument, Plovdiv

 

Country: Romania

Carved from a solid rock cliff face between 1994 and 2004, measuring a mammoth 43 metres (141 ft) high is the Rock Sculpture Of Decebalus, depicting the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia. Situated in the south west of Romania, on the border with Serbia on the Danube River in an area known as the Iron Gates, it is the tallest rock sculpture in Europe.

11. Rock Sculpture Of Decebalus

 

Country: Russia

Built in 1974 in the extreme north west of Russia, close to the borders with Norway and Finland, is the Alyosha Monument of Murmansk, otherwise known as 'The Defenders Of The Soviet Arctic During The Great Patriotic War Monument'. Constructed to commemorate the Soviet soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in World War II, the monument stands 42.5 metres (139 ft) high, making it the third tallest statue in Russia.

10. Alyosha Monument, Murmansk

 

Country: Faroe Islands

Built in 2014 in the Faroe Islands, on the island of Kalsoy within wonderful natural surroundings is the Kópakonan, meaning 'Seal Woman'. The statue stands 2.6 metres (8.5 ft) tall, weights a mere 450 kilograms and is made from bronze and stainless steel. It depicts the legend of Kópakonan, one of the best known folk tales of the Faroe Islands. 

9. Kópakonan

 

Country: Russia

Constructed in 1997 in the Russian capital, Moscow, stands the Peter The Great Statue, built to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy. Weighing 1,000 tons it stands 98 metres (321 ft) high, making it the tallest statue in Europe, and as of 2017 the 6th tallest statue in the world.

8. Peter The Great Statue

 

Country: Poland

Completed in 2010 in the far west of Poland, on the main route between Poznań and the German capital, Berlin, is the Monument To Christ The King. Standing at 33 metres (108 ft) high, it is one of the tallest statues in Europe, and the single tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world.

7. Monument To Christ The King

 

Country: Ukraine

Built in 1981 in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on top of the 'Museum Of The History Of Ukraine In World War II' is the Motherland Monument, sometimes referred to as Mother Motherland or Mother Of The Fatherland. Made from stainless steel, weighing 560 tons, standing at 62 metres (203 ft) high, as of 2017 it was the 3rd tallest statue in Europe.

6. The Motherland Monument

 

Country: Russia

Constructed in 1967 between Kazakhstan and Ukraine in the Russian city of Volgograd is the giant statue known as The Motherland Calls, sometimes referred to as Homeland Mother Is Calling. Built to commemorate the Heroes Of The Battle Of Stalingrad the statue stands 87 metres (285 ft) high, which at the time of it's construction made it the tallest statue in the world. As of 2017 it was the 9th tallest statue on Earth and the tallest freestanding non religious statue in the world.

5. The Motherland Calls

 

Country: Denmark

Unveiled in 1913 in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, is one of the most famous outdoor statues in the world, The Little Mermaid. Based on a fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, this 1.25 metre (4.1 ft) bronze statue of a mermaid sitting on a rock is one of a handful of iconic statues around the world that symbolizes a city.

4. The Little Mermaid

 

Country: Belgium

Built in 1619 AD in the Belgian capital, Brussels, is one of the countries most famous monuments, the Manneken Pis, meaning 'Little Man Pee'. Standing a mere 61cm tall the statue depicts a naked boy peeing into a fountain. Despite it's relatively small size, with a 400 year history it has become the symbol of Brussels and one of the most iconic statues on the planet.

3. Manneken Pis

 

Country: France

Created between 130 and 100 BC is one of the most famous statues in human history, the Aphrodite Of Milos, better known as the The Venus De Milo. Standing 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high the marble statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Named after the Greek island of Milos where it was discovered, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture can be found on permanent display at the world famous Louvre Museum in Paris.

2. Venus De Milo

 

Country: Italy

Unveiled in 1504 AD in the Italian city of Florence is one of the most famous works of art in human history, Michelangelo's statue of David. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues to line the roof of Florence Cathedral, David was instead placed within the public square outside the Palazzo Vecchio. Representing the Biblical hero David, the statue soon came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied within Florence. Moved to the Galleria dell'Accademia in 1873 it remains on display there to this day. Standing 5.17 metres (17 ft) tall, sculpted from marble, the masterpiece of Michelangelo, considered the greatest artist of all time, the statue of David is one of the rarest pieces on Earth, a true treasure of humanity.

1. David

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