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India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue

It’s roughly four times the size of the Statue of Liberty.

In the western state of Gujarat, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the world’s tallest statue, which measures a staggering 597 feet.

The bronze-clad structure honours Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, an independence leader who helped unify over 500 monarch states – hence the monument’s name, the Statue of Unity.

The inauguration also coincided with Patel’s 143rd birthday.

Statue of Unity

The statue is 180 feet taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha, the previous biggest statue in the world.

It also dwarfs other iconic monuments, such as Ushiku Daibatsu in Japan (393 feet) and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil (124 feet).

Statue of Unity

Made by renowned Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar, the statue took nearly a decade to build and cost more than A$554 million, which many critics have slammed as too extravagant and wasteful.

“Instead of spending money on a giant statue, the government should have used it for farmers in the district,” one local told the BBC.

Modi, however, believes that the attraction will draw as many as 2.5 million annual tourists to the area, boosting the local economy.

Statue of Unity

Although the Statue of Unity now holds the record for world’s tallest monument, it won’t be for long.

,India is also planning to put up a 695-foot-tall sculpture of Maratha Warrior-King Shivaji by 2021.

Via Independent

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