Statue of Unity
Erected to pay homage to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, also known as the Ironman of India, the Statue of Unity is the tallest such structure in the world. Standing at 597 feet, or 182 meters, above ground level, this statue is built as a symbol of India’s engineering and technical capabilities. It is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in the United States, and 40% taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha. It took three and a half years for a team of over 300 engineers and 3,400 workers to build the memorial, using 70,000 tonnes of cement, nearly 25,000 tonnes of steel, and 12,000 bronze panels covering the structure, weighing around 1,700 tonnes. The base of the Statue of Unity is constructed with over 129 tonnes of scrap iron, donated by nearly 100 million farmers from across India.