Sunday 9 October 2016

Monuments for fantasy fans.

Here's a fine selection of monuments that should bring joy to the heart of any fantasy fan. I've tried to steer away from smaller scale statues toward sizable monuments.

Got any more?

Royal Hunt, Kyzyl, Russia

Sword Monument, Stavanger, Norway

Angel of the North, Gateshead, England

Sword Arch, Baghdad, Iraq 

 King Decebal monument, Romania

Mother Homeland, Kiev, Ukraine (62m, 102m with plinth) 

 Lapu Lapu, Manila, Philippines

 Chacabuco, Chile

 Commemorating the Didgori battle, Georgia

Call of the Motherland. Volgograd, Russia (85m)

Guan Di, Jingzhou, China (53m)

Leonidas, Thermopyles, Greece

Vercingetorix, Alise-Sainte-Reine, France

Yerevan, Armenia

Anonymous, Budapest, Hungary

Genghis Khan, Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia (40m)

Capall Mor, Kerry, Ireland

Hermansdenkmal, Westphalia, Germany

Angel, Cumbernauld, Scotland

African Renaissance, Collines des Mamelles, Senegal (49m)

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  1. Hermansdenkmal in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


    Hermann (Arminius), a Cheruscan chieftain, spearheaded the struggle to defend German tribes against a Roman imperial army. In time the Hermann story became a legend and Hermann a symbol of strength and unity in preserving freedom.

    New Ulm, Minnesota


    Andrzej Pityński's Mściciel (Avenger) is dedicated to Polish soldiers. This monument is also sometimes called the "Hussar" or "Polish Hussar" because the figure is that of a 16th century Polish Hussar in full armor. These elite heavy cavalrymen were known for their signature 'wings'.

    Doylestown, Pennsylvania

  4. Here's a nice naked man bravely battling four baby genies, from Frogner Park, Oslo. We ought to see more of this kind of stuff in fantasy :)

  5. Iceland, friends. That's where it's at. Their most notable monument is the sweetest Gothic church I've ever seen + a statue of Lief Erickson.

  6. 1300 years of Bulgaria in Shumen, Bulgaria. It's not one but a series of statues in a monument complex. Looks like the insides of Moria.