Saturday, July 2, 2011

Amazing facts for Kids-Huge Carved Stone Monuments

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and later by his son Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2)and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
Church of St George

The Church of St George was carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level at the small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia and is one of the eleven rock-hewn churches.

The churches of Lalibela were not constructed — they were excavated. Each church was created by first carving out a wide trench on all four sides of the rock, then painstakingly chiseling out the interior. The largest church is 40 feet high, and the labor required to complete such a task with only hammers and chisels is astounding.
Crazy Horse Memorial
The Matreiya Buddha
Located in South Dakota, this massive carving of an Oglala Lakota warrior, with his horse was started by Korczak Ziolkowski in 1948 on the Black Hills.

Still under making, this figure will be the largest carving on earth with 641 feet in width and 563 feet in height. The Crazy Horse Memorial mountain crew uses precision explosive engineering to carefully and safely remove and shape the rock of the mount.


The Matreiya Buddha

Located in the Jishi Hills 35 kilometers (22 miles) southwest of Yongjing County, Gansu Province, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves are cultural treasures of the Silk Road. The largest of these statues, the Matreiya Buddha, stands nearly 100 feet (27 metres) tall.

The Fortress of Brest

The Fortress of Brest is the second largest war monument in the former Soviet Union. Located in the city of Brest in Belarus the sculpture is a tribute to the famous “courage” defense against Germany that attacked the Soviet Union during the first days of World War II. Its size is impressive and the figure display a palpable toughness.


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