10 iconic statues in the world worth seeing

Posted by Ondela Mlandu on 2 August 2018

On the 24 July the Western Cape government and the city of Cape Town, unveiled a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela on the Cape Town City Hall balcony.

The statue has been placed on the balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address on 11 February 1990. The global icon’s life was commemorated in the month of July, as former President Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 this year. Although July has come and gone, the statue remains for all to see as a continuous reminder of the great man.

This eminent statue is one of many, however. Here’s a look at some iconic statues from around the world, which have formed an important part of culture and history.

1. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Where: Rio de Janeiro

I don’t know of anyone who goes to Rio de Janeiro and doesn’t go snap a selfie alongside Christ the Redeemer statue. The statue is one of Rio’s largest and most recognisable landmarks on Mount Corcovado. The statue was completed in 1931 and stands at 30 metres tall.

Image by Duncan C

2. Statue of Liberty, United States of America

Where: New York City

Over four million people visit the Statue of Liberty a year. The Statue of Liberty is known as the universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in October 1886 and declared a national monument in 1924.

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3. Statue of Mandela, South Africa

Where: Pretoria

A smiling Mandela, with his arms stretched out and his hands open, as if to embrace the nation is reflected in this statue. It’s a reminder of the values that Madiba stood for: a spirit of compassion, reconciliation and unity. Situated at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where Mandela was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa’s first democratic president, the staue is 9 metres tall.

Image by Tyson Jopson

4. The Little Mermaid, Denmark

Where: Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid, is one of the most photographed attractions in Denmark. Since 1913 when the statue was erected, it has endured three head losses, an arm loss and has been covered in paint five times, yet it still remains.

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5. Ushikhu Daibutsu, Japan

Where:  Ibaraki Prefecture

This is one of the tallest Buddha statues standing at 120 metres tall. The statue was built in 1993 and visitors can ride up the elevator to the viewing gallery.

Image by Muza Chan

6. Angel of Independence, Mexico

Where: Mexico City

This gold winged statue of Victoria, the ancient Roman goddess of victory hovers over traffic and tourists in Mexico City. This statue was commemorated in 1910.

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7. Cristo Rei, Portugal

Where: Almada

Christo Rei was inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer. Standing at 80 metres high, the statue was erected in 1959 and is deemed one of Lisbon’s iconic monuments.


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8. Maligawila Bhudda statue, Sri Lanka

Where: Maligawila

The Maligawila Bhudda Statue is one of the tallest free-standing statue of Buddha in Sri Lanka. The 14 metre statue dates back to 7th century BC.

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9. Statue of Millicent Fawcett, United Kingdom

Where: London

This could be one of my favourite statues ever, because of the power it holds. The statue, is of Millicent Fawcett, a suffragist who fought for women’s right to vote in the early 20th century, the statue is placed among 11 male statues in the Parliament square.

Image by Clive G


10. Atlas, United States of America

Where: Midtown Manhattan, New York

Many have come to know New York as the concrete jungle where according to Jay Z, dreams are created. The Rockerfeller Centre in midtown Manhattan is where the iconic bronze Atlas statue was installed in 1937. The statue weights 6400 kilograms.


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Have you visited any iconic statues that I haven’t mentioned?

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