You may have many reasons to travel the world, and each one is based on learning and discovering innovations. Most people can make a reason to wander around for this purpose, but there are some that are the kind that few people think of. And those reasons can add color to your life surprisingly.
Sculptures, which are rare works of art, maybe one of the travel purposes we mentioned. There are very special sculptures in the world that must be seen with the naked eye and will take you on the road. Here we have listed some of them for you.
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1. Statue of Liberty – New York, USA
The statue, which is written in the literature with the name “Freedom that Enlightens the World”, is one of the most popular symbols of the world. One of the first things that come to mind when it comes to America. The statue, found on Liberty Island in New York, was gifted to America by France in 1886. When it was first made, its red-brown tones turned into their current color green over time.
To the Statue of Liberty; You can reach it by ferry from Battery Park or New Jersey in Manhattan. You can make your visits between 09.00 and 18.45. There are two different types of tickets: the entrance to the island and the skirt section of the statue, and the entrance to the museum, and the crown of freedom. However, the entrance ticket to the crown is not very easy and you have to buy all the tickets online in advance.
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2. The Thinking Man Statue – Paris, France
The Thinking Man Sculpture, by Rodin, is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. Since the work, which was created by the artist in the 1900s, is thought to represent philosophy, it is also found in university gardens in many countries of Europe. The original Thinking Man sculpture is exhibited in the Rodin Museum. You can reach the museum in Paris from Varenne and Invalides stops by using metro line 13. It is open to visitors every day between 10.00 – 17.45 except Mondays.
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3. Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The statue of Christ the Redeemer, located on the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio De Janerio, is one of the most important symbols of the world and the country. The statue, which was started to be built in 1922 on the 100th anniversary of Brazil’s foundation, was opened to visitors in 1931 with an official ceremony.
It is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. You can also enjoy the breathtaking view of Rio from the area where the statue is located. There are two ways to get to the Christ the Redeemer statue, and both pass through Tijuca National Park. Your first option is to go up by tram, the second is; come prepared and walk out.
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4. David Statue – Florence, Italy
When it comes to any artwork, roads lead to Italy. The David statue, one of the most important works of the Renaissance period, bears the signature of Michelangelo. It is one of the most important sculptures in the world. There are two identical copies and both are located in Florence. One of the replicas is displayed in front of Palazzo Vecchio.
The original sculpture has been on display at the Galleria dell’Accademia since 1873. The museum is open to visitors every day between 08.15 – 18.45, except on Sundays and Mondays. It is possible to reach the museum on foot from every point of the small city of Florence.
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5. Little Mermaid Statue – Copenhagen, Denmark
The Little Sea Girl, one of the best-known figures in the world, is displayed on a stone in Langelinie Harbor in Copenhagen. Carlsberg’s son Carl Jacobsen, who liked the ballerina in the play The Little Mermaid, exhibited at the Royal Theater in 1913, initiated the construction of the statue.
This work came out with the ballerina statue he wanted from the sculptor Edvard Eriksen. The work, which has become the symbol of the country, is also one of the best-selling souvenir figures. You can reach the statue in Langeline Harbor on foot from many points of the city. It is not located in an area where the entrance fee is paid, it is open to the public. You may find it difficult to see only due to the heavy influx of visitors.
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6. Statue of Unity – Gujarat, India
The work of the Unity statue, the freshest sculpture on this list, started in 2013 and was completed in 2018. It also managed to become the tallest statue in the world. Also known as the Patel Statue; It was built to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who ensured the unification of states after independence. You can see the statue, which is closed to visitors on Mondays, between 08.00 and 18.00 on other days.
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7. Great Sphinx of Giza – Cairo, Egypt
Located in the area of the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest single-stone statue in the world. Pyramids, which have a fascinating effect in every detail, are one of the most interesting structures in the region.
The Sphinx, seen as the head of all gods, BC. It was carved by the clergy of the period between the years 2620 – 2500. Like many things in Egypt, this statue remains a mystery. The Giza Sphinx is located in the area of the pyramids, 30 minutes from the center of Cairo. When you arrive in Cairo or before you go, you can go and tour this area through the guidance company you will agree with. Tour prices vary depending on the services included.
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8. The Bremen Town Musicians Statue – Bremen, Germany
The Bremen Town Musicians sculpture by Gerhard Marcks, inspired by the tale of the Brothers Grimm; is the most important symbol of Bremen. Depicting the donkey, cat, dog, and rooster who run away from their evil owners to become a musician, the statue can also be described as one of the most adorable works of the world. The sculpture, made in 1953, is exhibited in the open air at Marktplatz. You can see it while walking around the city. There are no criteria such as visiting hours and pricing.
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9. People of the River Statue – Singapore
Described as one of the most creative sculptures in the world, the People of the River is a must-see for those who visit Singapore. The theme of the statue made by Chong Fah Cheng is the happiness of children jumping into the sea. It must be because of this, it leaves a happy impression on those who see it. You do not need to use transportation for this statue, which you can see while touring the city. In addition, it does not have rules such as entrance time and fee.
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10. Statue of Travelers – Marseille, France
The Traveler sculpture created by Bruno Catalano under the title of “Missing Sculptures” has been on display since 2013. The aim of the Missing Sculptures series is to encourage anyone who sees the artifacts to discover their shortcomings. You can see the Traveler statue and other artifacts, which are the products of surreal movement while wandering around Marseille.
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11. The Expansion Statue – New York, USA
It is one of the most striking examples of contemporary art worldwide. Signed by Paige Bradley, the statue depicts a meditating woman. It gives the message of stepping out of our shells, destroying our borders. You can see the statue, which is exhibited publicly in Brooklyn, New York, at any time while walking around the city.
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12. The Caring Hand Sculpture – Glarus, Switzerland
The Compassionate Hand sculpture designed and designed by Eva Oertli and Beat Huber is a depiction of the hand holding a tree. As one of the contemporary art products, it has made a name for itself with its creativity all over the world.
The owners of the work named this statue “Hand”, but due to its description, it was named “Compassionate Hand” by the people who saw it. Displayed in a park in Glarus, the statue is one of the artworks to be seen for free in the world. If you happen to be in Glarus, you should definitely go see it.
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13. The Motherland Calls – Volgograd, Russia
It is the largest sculpture in the world made on the depiction of women and non-religious subjects. It was designed and built by sculptor Yevgeniy Vuçetiç and civil engineer Nikolay Nikitin. The statue, which has been on display since 1967, was built to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad. 35 thousand soldiers are buried in the area where the statue is located.
The statue is exhibited in the monumental park on Mamayev Kurgan Hill; You can take the metro or walk from Stalingard Square. If you are going by subway, you have to get off and walk at the stop with the same name as the hill. It is open to visitors every day, except Mondays, between 10.00 – 17.00. You can see the statue in the park free of charge, but it is paid to visit the museums in it.
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14. Mount Nemrut Statues – Adiyaman, Turkey
Mount Nemrut or Nemrud is a 2,134-meter-high mountain in southeastern Turkey, notable for the summit where a number of large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. It is one of the highest peaks in the east of the Taurus Mountains.
These sculptures, which attract many local and foreign tourists, take on a completely different atmosphere, especially at sunrise and sunset times. The secret of the sculptures on Mount Nemrut, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, has not been solved yet. The King of Commagene I Antiochos had these sculptures built in order to bring cultures together and dedicated them to all the gods and ancestors of Anatolia at that time.
To go to Nemrut National Park, you can take buses from the city center to Kahta and get a guide service from Kahta to the mountain. You can go to the parking lot by renting a car or by using your private car. Then you have to walk.
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15. Tian Tan Buddha Statue – Hong Kong, China
It is possible to reach the island by cable car over Hong Kong or Kowloon and visit the statue. The last entrance is at 18.00 in the evening. You can see the statue up close by climbing 270 steps, as you can only look from it. The view you will see from here is also exquisite.