When trav­el­ing, we always strive to get to the his­tor­i­cal cen­ter, or a beau­ti­ful city square. Many of them are very sim­i­lar to each oth­er in that they have the same mon­u­ments — they are rid­ers on horse­back, mil­i­tary gen­er­als or seers look­ing into the future, or elab­o­rate foun­tains. From time to time you want to see some­thing unusu­al and this col­lec­tion will help you with this. Meet the most unusu­al mon­u­ments that are locat­ed in dif­fer­ent parts of the world.

strange monuments

Fountain Eater of Children (Kindlifresserbrunnen)

The name of this foun­tain is trans­lat­ed as “Child Eater”. The stat­ue depicts a can­ni­bal eat­ing a baby with a bag of chil­dren on his shoul­der. No one is exact­ly sure what this mon­u­ment sym­bol­izes, and assump­tions vary. Some believe that this is Kram­pus, a crea­ture from folk­lore who pun­ish­es bad chil­dren at Christ­mas. Some believe that the mon­u­ment depicts a Jew. Oth­ers believe that it sym­bol­izes the Ogre of War, devour­ing the chil­dren of Switzer­land. These the­o­ries are just a few of the many. There is one point on which every­one agrees: the mon­u­ment is damn scary.

Crazy Horse Memorial, Dakota

Oth­er than the size, there is noth­ing visu­al­ly unusu­al about the Crazy Horse mon­u­ment, but its his­to­ry is indeed a lit­tle strange. Crazy Horse was the mil­i­tary leader of the native Lako­ta Indi­ans who fought against the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment in defense of their lands and way of life. He even led his war­riors to vic­to­ry in one of the bat­tles against the Unit­ed States Army. There is a ques­tion to which there is no def­i­nite answer: why did he receive one of the largest mon­u­ments in Amer­i­ca? In addi­tion to this, Crazy Horse is also fea­tured on one of the US stamps. Anoth­er inter­est­ing fact is that the mon­u­ment has been under con­struc­tion for 66 years, but it is still not com­plet­ed! When all the work is final­ly done, it will be 195 meters long and 180 meters high.

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Monument to Wenceslas on a dead horse, Prague

On Wences­las Square, right in the his­tor­i­cal cen­ter of Prague, you can observe the mag­nif­i­cent stat­ue of St. Wences­las on horse­back. Wences­las was the patron saint of Bohemia and the base of his stat­ue is dec­o­rat­ed with images of oth­er saints. Not far from this stat­ue is the Palace of Lucerne with unusu­al mon­u­ments inside, with some­thing like a par­o­dy of the main stat­ue of Wences­las. The horse is dead and hang­ing upside down from the ceil­ing while Wences­las sits on its bel­ly. The sculp­ture by Dave Cerny is very unusu­al, and no one knows the exact mean­ing of it. While sight­see­ing in Prague this place is a must.

Monument to the Cotton Weevil

Believe it or not, this strange mon­u­ment in Alaba­ma is ded­i­cat­ed to an insect that destroyed all of their crops. After the wee­vil appeared in Alaba­ma in 1915, it took only three years for it to destroy cot­ton crops. Instead of curs­ing the heav­ens, a cer­tain H.W. Ses­sions found a finan­cial backer and retrained as a peanut grow­er. This even­tu­al­ly forced all local farm­ers to diver­si­fy their crops. The result repaid all their loss­es and the city expe­ri­enced unex­pect­ed finan­cial growth. To hon­or this pros­per­i­ty, the city built a mon­u­ment to the cot­ton wee­vil in the cen­ter of the busi­ness dis­trict.


In the High Plains of Nebras­ka is an unusu­al Carhenge mon­u­ment. At first glance, you might think you’re look­ing at the famous Stone­henge, but it’s actu­al­ly 38 vin­tage cars paint­ed gray and dug into the ground to cre­ate an exact repli­ca of Stone­henge in Eng­land. Carhenge was con­ceived and built in 1987. Its cre­ator Jim Rein­ders grew up in Eng­land and stud­ied the orig­i­nal Stone­henge close enough to make a repli­ca of it. The attrac­tion has become quite pop­u­lar, it even has its own tourist cen­ter.

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Monument to Enema in Russia

In the Russ­ian city of Zheleznovod­sk there is a mon­u­ment to the ene­ma. If hav­ing an ene­ma stat­ue isn’t strange enough for you, then it is car­ried by cherubs. The cre­ator of the mon­u­ment, Svet­lana Avak­i­na, was inspired by the cherubs of the Renais­sance artist San­dro Bot­ti­cel­li. Once you learn a lit­tle about Zheleznovod­sk’s his­to­ry, the strange mon­u­ment makes a lit­tle more sense. The city is best known for its hos­pi­tals, which use fresh min­er­al water from springs in their ene­mas.

Giant Robot Gundamu

On the island of Odai­ba in the mid­dle of the Tokyo Bay recre­ation area, there is a par­adise for fans of Gun­damu robots. Many attrac­tions in the park are inspired by the high­ly pop­u­lar car­toon. It also hous­es a repli­ca of the giant Gun­damu robot in real size. The height of the mon­u­ment to Gun­dam Mecha, a robot known as RX-78–2, reach­es 13 meters. It is dec­o­rat­ed with appro­pri­ate light­ing and sound effects.

Shark Monument in Headington

At first glance, a mon­u­ment to a shark that got stuck in the roof of a house and fell from the sky may seem like just a humor­ous project. But in fact, its mean­ing is much deep­er. The shark was cre­at­ed for the 41st anniver­sary of the atom­ic bomb­ing of Nagasa­ki. Accord­ing to artist John Buck­ley, the shark was sup­posed to express feel­ings of pow­er­less­ness, anger and despair, nuclear ener­gy, Cher­nobyl and Nagasa­ki.”

Underwater sculptures by Molinere

You will not be able to see this mon­u­ment on the ground because it is locat­ed at the bot­tom of the ocean. Near the west coast of Grena­da, at the bot­tom are unusu­al stat­ues that only scu­ba divers can access. Most of the stat­ues are made of cement by artist Jason Tay­lor. The stat­ues depict the locals talk­ing about their dai­ly lives. Some of them ride bicy­cles, or sit on the couch and watch TV. What is real­ly unusu­al is that for a long time the mon­u­ments were cov­ered with corals, which made them unique.

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Manneken Pis, Brussels

This kid tops the list of the most unusu­al mon­u­ments. This stat­ue dis­ap­points many at the first meet­ing. The usu­al Man­neken Pis — each of us does it every day. The stat­ue is very small — only 61 cm high. But the strange­ness of this guy lies in his sto­ry. No one is one hun­dred per­cent sure why the stat­ue was made, or what it rep­re­sents. One sto­ry sug­gests that a local man lost his child. The whole city formed a search par­ty and when they final­ly found the lit­tle boy he stood and wrote. The joy­ful father of the boy cre­at­ed a bronze sculp­ture and gave it to the city as a gift. Anoth­er more out­landish sto­ry sug­gests that a lit­tle boy pre­vent­ed a fire that near­ly destroyed the city by uri­nat­ing on it. Man­neken Pis is one of the top 10 over­rat­ed attrac­tions in the world.