Large Statues Around the World
The Great Sphinx, Big Buddha, Michelangelo's David -- they're not the only big statues out there. Take a look at these other large, yet lesser-known statues from around the world.
Salem Sue, the World's Largest CowNorth Dakota is home to some of the largest outdoor animal statues in the world. This is Salem Sue, the world's largest (fiberglass) Holstein cow. She stands 38 feet high and weighs 12,000 lbs. You can find her in New Salem, ND. 960 1280
Die Badende (The Bather)Die Badende ("The Bather") by artist Oliver Voss, stands 13 feet high. Her head and knees break through the water's surface to look like she is soaking in a giant bathtub. The statue is displayed in different countries; in this picture, it is in Hamburg, Germany. 960 1280
Non-Violence (aka The Knotted Gun)Non-Violence (aka "The Knotted Gun") is a pro-peace sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. It was done as a memorial tribute to his slain friend John Lennon. It sits outside the United Nations headquarters in NYC. 960 1280
The Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid, which sits on a rock in Copenhagen's harbor, was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale. She was commissioned in 1909 by a Danish businessman and philanthropist Carl Jacobsen, who found inspiration for the statue in a ballet about the fairy tale. 960 1280
Martin Luther King Jr. MemorialLocated in Washington, DC near the Tidal Basin, the memorial honors "the Man, the Movement and the Message" of this amazing Civil Rights leader. It conveys four themes from Dr. King's message -- justice, democracy, hope and love. 960 1280
Hotel del CoronadoFleeing the Midwest winters, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum spent time soaking up the Southern California sunshine at the fairytale-like Hotel del Coronado. In fact, it's been said that the "Emerald City" of Coronado inspired another -- the magical land of Oz. The author was allegedly inspired by the hotel's lush green grounds and famous red turrets while writing several books in the series there. Inside the soaring tower, guests can still see the four crown-shaped chandeliers designed by Baum. Visitors can also stroll past the quaint yellow house he rented during his stays. 960 1280
Neuschwanstein CastleVisit the southwest region of Bavaria, Germany, to see the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Neuschwanstein Castle, a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria, was designed to pay homage to German composer Richard Wagner. 960 1280
The SerengetiHakuna matata! Relive the magic of “The Lion King,” and travel to the Serengeti in Africa. The 12,000-square-mile region extends from north Tanzania into southwestern Kenya. Lions, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the wildlife in the popular safari destination. 960 1280
Lohr, GermanyGermany’s charming town of Lohr is said to have helped inspire the Brothers Grimm’s epic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Lohr, located between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, an area wealthy in spinning magical tales. The Main River borders the town which is also surrounded on all three sides by the dense and intensely green Spessart Forest. 960 1280
Chateau de ChambordAfter a trip to the Chateau de Chambord, the creators of “Beauty and the Beast” decided to revamp the initial version of the film. One of the changes was to make the real-life castle the fairytale home of the Beast. Be the belle of the ball and visit the largest chateau in the France’s Loire Valley. King Francois I constructed the castle to be near his mistress Comtesse de Thoury, Claude Rohan. You really can’t tell from the outside, but the castle was never completed. 960 1280
BaghdadTake a magic carpet ride to Baghdad, a city that has inspired storytellers to write fairy tales about genies and magic lamps. Even though it's not known as a popular travel destination, Iraq's capital city is one of several locations mentioned in the Arabian folktale "One Thousand and One Nights." It also inspired the exciting adventures of Disney characters Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. 960 1280
Ziegenhain, GermanyZiegenhain, considered the capital city of Germany’s Fairy Tale Road, is also home to Little Red Riding Hood. Travelers visiting the city will see residents in costume, including red hoods. Prior to the Brothers Grimm and Disney’s interpretations, Little Red Riding Hood was a violent moral tale designed to keep young women on a righteous path. Even though there have been several versions of the folktale, we still have a few words of wisdom --beware the wolf. 960 1280
Brothers Grimm TourAuthors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are well-known story tellers, whose work include “Cinderella,” “Rumpelstiltskin, “The Frog Prince” and “Hansel and Gretel.” The Brothers Grimm Memorial is located in Hanau, Germany, and it’s also the starting point for the German Fairy Tale Road. The fun, road trip route runs from Hanau to Bremen, where the Jacob and Wilhelm were born. Tourist attractions along the road are focused around the famous brothers. 960 1280
Trendelburg TowerThe famous words, “Repunzel, Repunzel, let down your hair,” were uttered from the tower of the Trendelburg Castle aka Repunzel’s Tower --or at least that’s according to the Brothers Grimm’s folktale. Located in the Germany’s Hesse region near the Diemel River, Trendelburg is home to just over 5,000 people. The Trendelburg Fortress dates back to the 1300s and is now a hotel and restaurant. It’s a great pit stop if you’re traveling along Fairy Tale Road. 960 1280
Disney WorldMake your dreams come true, and visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The fairytale amusement park was designed to inspire kids of all ages with uniquely themed areas, including Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Walt Disney brought famous fairy tales to life at his franchise of family-friendly theme parks. 960 1280
Hans Christian Andersen MuseumWe can’t forget about Hans Christian Andersen, the renowned author who wrote several children stories, including “The Snow Queen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Little Match Girl” and “The Ugly Duckling .” Fans of Hans can visit an entire museum --located in Copenhagen, Denmark-- dedicated to the famous storyteller. 960 1280
Cannes' Picture-Perfect BeachesLocated in France's Côte D'Azur (French Riviera), the annual Cannes International Film Festival draws Hollywood's elite and in the summer months the same beautiful crowd comes to enjoy the town's picture-perfect beaches and chic resorts. 960 1280
Sundance Film FestivalThe Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day event held every January in Park City, UT, showcasing independent movies from all over the world. Named for Robert Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the festival has seen Redford play an integral part in building the festival's status over the years. 960 1280
Help From My FriendsThe Beatles, affectionately known as the “Fab Four,” were born in Liverpool, England between the years of 1940 and1943. However, it wasn't until about 20 years later that they would use their musical influence to take the world by storm, causing an entire generation to take notice, and changing the face of music forever.
Places of residence: George Harrison - Feb. 25, 1943 - 12 Arnold Grove (upper left)
John Lennon - Oct. 9, 1940 - 251 Menlove Ave (upper right)
Paul McCartney - June 18, 1942 - 20 Forthlin Rd (lower left)
Ringo Starr - July 7, 1940 - 10 Admiral Grove (lower right) 960 1280
Eleanor RigbyOn July 6, 1957, McCartney went to see a local band, The Quarrymen, perform at the village festival at St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. It was on that fateful day that he met front man, John Lennon.
Did You Know? The cemetery at St. Peter's Parish Church is the final resting place of Eleanor Rigby. Initially, the iconic song, “Eleanor Rigby,” was written about a Miss Daisy Hawkins but McCartney felt the song required a name fit for a spinster. He took the name “Eleanor” from the actress that worked in the film, “Help!,” and “Rigby” from the name of a shop in town. McCartney later said that he may have also been subconsciously influenced by the name on the gravestone. 960 1280
I've Got a FeelingBefore replacing Pete Best for Ringo Starr in Aug. 1962, the Beatles began to make a name for themselves in Hamburg, Germany. Their stay in Germany was cut short after George Harrison was deported, but they returned shortly after for a two month stint at the Star Club after learning their friend and original bassist, Stu Sutcliffe, had died.
Did You Know? It's been said that the Gretel & Alfons Cafe, located a few doors from the Star Club, was the Beatles' favorite late night hangout spot in Germany. 960 1280
Want to Hold Your HandOn Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show, setting Beatlemania into motion and redefining what it meant to be a pop/rock star forever.
Did You Know? 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles iconic performance. At the time, it was the most watched program in American TV history with 73 million viewers. 960 1280
Here, There, EverywhereThe Plaza Hotel, located at 5th Avenue on Central Park South, was a popular, upscale hotel in N.Y.C. where the band would stay while in the states. Upon their arrival to the hotel, to the dismay of the hotel staff, the band was always greeted by screaming teenagers that could be heard from all over the city.
Did You Know? The Plaza Hotel is located just 1.5 miles from Strawberry Fields in Central Park, site of the "Imagine" memorial commemorating the life of John Lennon. 960 1280
Strawberry FieldsLocated on Beaconsfield Road, a short distance from Lennon’s childhood home, Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children’s home where Lennon would attend summer garden parties and would play in the heavily-wooded grounds with his friends.
Did You Know? At the end of the record you can faintly hear Lennon saying words that sound similar to "I buried Paul." As later explained by the band, the words were actually "cranberry sauce," however, during the "Paul is Dead" hoax, fans felt that this was Lennon's way of saying he buried his friend. 960 1280
A Day in the LifeBetween Feb. 1961 and Aug. 1963, the Beatles brought rock ‘n' roll in England to new heights, playing nearly 300 shows at the Cavern Club, a tiny cellar club on Mathew Street in downtown Liverpool. After performing at the Cavern Club, the boys would head over to the Jacaranda Club on Slater Street for a nightcap. The club was owned by the Beatles first manager, Allan Williams.
Did You Know? The Cavern Club still operates seven days a week, and hosts an array of live performances. It also is the final destination on London's Magical Mystery Tour. 960 1280
Come TogetherAfter making the move from Liverpool to London in the summer of 1963, the Beatles lived together at the Hotel President in Bloomsbury.
Did You Know? Shortly after, in the fall of 1963, the "Fab Four" moved into a flat at 57 Green St - the only true home shared by the Beatles. 960 1280
Abbey RoadBetween the years of 1962 and 1970, the Beatles recorded nearly all of their music at EMI Studios, located at 3 Abbey Rd in the St. John’s Wood district of northwest London. After the release of their iconic album, which features cover art of the Fab Four crossing an intersection of Abbey Road, the studio was renamed to honor the international fame and success of the Beatles.
Did You Know? Only two or three Beatles members were present at the time of recording Abbey Road. This was partially due to Lennon's auto accident and because of creative differences between Lennon and McCartney. 960 1280
A Hard Day's Night“A Hard Day's Night” was the first film starring the Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. Considered to be one of the most influential musical films of all time, the black and white comedy film portrays several days in the lives of rock ‘n' roll's original boy band. The Marylebone Train Station (pictured above) was the setting for the memorable opening scenes of the film.
Did You Know? The Beatles may be the most iconic musicians of all time, but they also earned their stripes as funny, witty and charismatic actors who starred in many films. 960 1280
Ballad of John & YokoAfter splitting from the Beatles, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono moved from London to NYC in 1973, moving into the infamous Dakota Building. On the fateful night of Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was assassinated in the entranceway of the Dakota.
Did You Know? Lennon and Ono met at The Scotch of St. James in Westminster, London (known today as the Directors Lodge Club), during an art show featuring Ono’s work in Nov. 1966. 960 1280
Hello, GoodbyeIn Jan. 1968, the Beatles purchased the property at 3 Savile Row in London to act as headquarters to Apple Corps, a multimedia corporation founded by the Beatles. Apple Studio, where the Beatles recorded and produced their 12th and final album, was located in the property’s basement.
Did You Know? 3 Savile Row was also the location of the band's final "public" performance -- a 42-minute set on the rooftop of Apple. 960 1280