This imposing sculpture of Leshan Giant Buddha was carved on a cliff of Mount Emei in China, taking advantage of the rock of the mountain. It is the tallest stone statue in the world. Its construction began during the Tang Dynasty in 713 AD, under the watchful gaze of monk Haitong, and was completed 90 years later in 803 AD after a pause of 70 years by Haitong’s faithful disciples. It is located between the banks of three rivers: Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi. Haitong’s hope was that the figure of Buddha would calm the waters of the river. And actually, the amount of rock that ended up in the water during the construction transformed the river into a calmer one.
It measures 71 meters high (233 ft). His shoulders have a width of 24 meters and fingers measure 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet). The ears have a size of 7 meters long (23 feet).
The statue of Buddha Maitreya at Mount Emei was recognized by UNESCO in 1996 as World Heritage.
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