It's twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US and almost five times taller than the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! It's the world's tallest statue and it's in Gujarat, India. The Statue of Unity, an 182-m-tall structure, has been built to commemorate the life of the great visionary and India's first deputy prime minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Located on the island of Sadhu-Bet on the banks of the Narmada river, around 3.5 km south of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the statue towers above the blue waters of the 256-km-long reservoir and makes for a spectacular sight, set against the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges.
The statue is not only an architectural marvel with 1,850 metric tonne of un-staged bronze cladding, it is also the centre of various socio-economic development schemes, which represent the idea of good governance. It is aimed towards boosting tourism, offering several recreational facilities. High-speed lifts will transport visitors to the statue’s viewing gallery located at 500 ft. It will also include a state-of-the-art museum that will offer audio-visual exhibits depicting the life and times of the great leader. The statue can be accessed by a leisurely boat ride.
The compound housing the statue is spread over an expanse of 19,700 sq m and includes a hotel and convention centre along with an ultra-modern research and agricultural development institute. A laser light and sound show on the efforts of Unification of India can also be enjoyed here.