More stone monuments


Petra is a historic and archaeological city in the Jordanian that has rock cut architecture . Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction.Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of “the 40 places you have to see before you die”.
The site is featured in films such as: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya in sitting posture. In December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. At the time of its construction was the tallest statuein the world.

During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. As the biggest carved stone Buddhain the world, Leshan Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story.

Bamiyan Buddha

Bamiyan Buddha statue was carved into a cliff (modern Afghanistan), about 500 AD, at an altitude of 2500 meters (8,202 ft).

They were intentionally dynamited and destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were “idols” (which are forbidden under Sharia law)

The Bust of Ataturk

A giant bust of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, is under construction in Buca, a suburb of the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey

Funny Note: A cow has reportedly been sent to another village by its owner after it smashed a bust of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, in the garden of a primary school in the eastern province of Malatya.

The Confederate Memorial Carving

Stone Mountain Park has the largest high-relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving. The carving honors three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.


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