On 5 December 2013, statesman and struggle icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died. In recognition of his extraordinary life and impact on the world, many statues have been erected in his honour.
Fittingly, some of the best Mandela statues are in South Africa, but you will also find him in London, New York, Brazil, and elsewhere.
These are some of our favourite statues of the man affectionately known as Madiba.
The dancing Madiba in Sandton, South Africa
Parliament in Cape Town
The 2.8 metre bronze bust rests outside Parliament in Cape Town.
United Nations Headquarters in New York
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the General Assembly, Ms Maria Espinosa and Secretary-General Guterres unveiling the Nelson Mandela Statue at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The Drakenstein Correctional Centre, between Paarl and Franschhoek
Outside the Drakenstein Correctional Centre.
Ramallah, West Bank in Palestine
A 20 foot tall statue of Nelson Mandela stands in Ramallah, sent as a gift from the people of South Africa. Mandela once said, “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” There’s also a street here called South Africa Street pic.twitter.com/fXN1sWXp5W— Dena Takruri (@Dena) July 18, 2018
Mandela Capture Precinct outside Howick
Construction workers put finishing touches to the Nelson Mandela statue at the Mandela Capture Precinct outside Howick.
Union Buildings, Pretoria Phetolo Motloutsi City Press
The Nelson Mandela statue at Union Buildings, Pretoria.
South Bank in London
The SA embassy in Washington
The nine-foot statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela is unveiled outside South Africa's newly renovated embassy in Washington, September 21, 2013.
Chancellor House, Johannesburg
This 6 meter statue of Madiba shadow boxing was unveiled in front of Chancellor House and the Johannesburg magistrate court on Fox street.
The Liberdade area in Salvador, in the Northeast of Brazil
Parliament Square, London
On the night after the unveiling, on 29 August 2007, an unknown person went and placed a South African scarf around the Mandela Statue as a symbol of South African pride. The scarf stayed in place around Madiba’s neck for months and become a reasonable well known accessory of the Mandela statue. It was eventually taken by a tourist as a souvenir. On a visit to London, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize decided that with the London winter being extremely cold this year, that Madiba might need his South African scarf back. At the end of Dr Mkhize week-long official trip in London he went to visit the struggle icon to wish him good health and importantly, to replace the original.
Mvezo Komkhulu Museum
Now read: We visited Nelson Mandela’s perfectly preserved office that features a massive book collection – and a herd of cows
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