India unveils the tallest statue in the world, twice the size of Lady Liberty

India unveils the tallest statue in the world, twice the size of Lady Liberty

His big toe is about the size of a basketball hoop.

They would have to climb 182 meters or 597 feet into the sky to reach the top of the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, and pay homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an Indian independence leader who was instrumental in uniting a broken country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Wednesday – the birthday of Mr. Patel, known as National Unity Day – to unveil the mammoth statue that overlooks the green hills and the Narmada River in the western state of Gujarat.

For the perspective: It is almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, which reaches 305 feet including the pedestal. Without her pedestal, more than five Lady Libertys would be upside down to reach the head of the statue (or four, if you count the tip of their torch).

It's the equivalent of almost two vertically stacked American football fields without the end zones.

The statue was designed by Ram V. Sutar, 93, one of the most prolific monumental sculptors in history. It opened against the objection of local tribal leaders who were upset by the destruction of land for the project and the $ 400 million prize.

Today's Indian politicians strive to connect with independence leaders.

Alisha Haridasani Gupta contributed to the coverage.

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