The Statue of Unity, located at Kevadia in the Indian state of Gujarat, stands at 182 meters and is known as the tallest statue in the world. It was built in honor of Sardar Vallabhbein Patel, the statesman who succeeded in establishing the Indian Union after 1947. This union brought independence to more than 500 states that were once under the control of the British Empire.
Unveiled on 31 October 2018 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and designed by eminent sculptor Ram V. Sutar, this colossal statue was built in just 33 months using 24,500 tons of steel, 1,700 tons of bronze and 70,000 tons of cement. This mammoth work has caused controversy among citizens due to its exaggerated cost of over 29.8 billion rupees, or over $400 million.
At the foot of the Statue of Unity is a museum dedicated to Patel’s life. Further, at an altitude of 135 meters, there is a gallery overlooking the stunning scenery of the Narmada River. The statue has become known as a symbol of the country’s technical and engineering skills, sending a message to young Indians to remind them that the country’s future is destined to be even greater.
The 182-meter-tall Statue of Unity broke the record of the “Leshan Great Buddha” in China, which is 128 meters high. This is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York and 5 times the height of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. However, the statue’s record is not destined to last long, as the construction of a memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in honor of the famous warrior of the Maratha Empire has already been announced. This new statue will be inaugurated in 2022 in India, on an island near Mumbai, and its height will exceed 210 meters!