India has taken the crown from China for building the world's largest statue, a 182-meter memorial to politician Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

It was inaugurated on Wednesday at a ceremony in Narmada district, Gujarat State.

The R6 billion "Statue of Unity" was commissioned in October 2010 and is 54 meters taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, which it dethroned. It's also higher than the Ponte tower in Johannesburg (176 meters) - Africa's tallest residential building.

Patel was India's first Deputy Prime Minister and was key to Indian reunification after British colonial rule ended in 1947.

Here's the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, standing at a huge 182 meters.


It stands near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River in Gujarat state, western India.

It took 33 months to build, and was put up by construction company Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

It was commissioned in October 2010 and is made from 25,000 tonnes of steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze.

Patel was built wearing traditional Indian dress with a shawl over his shoulders.

The statue also took 210,000 cubic meters of cement to build.

The project has been criticised for not considering the environmental impact of the statue and for taking land from indigenous Adivasi people to build it on.

But it won't be the world's largest for long, as India is also building a memorial to warrior-king Chhatrapati Shivaji which will be a huge 212 meters tall.

Source: The Guardian

Here's what it will look like:

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