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The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramid of Giza are just few of the names that come to mind when talking about architectural wonders of the ancient world. But unknown to many, there are equally numerous other impressive structures that ancient human civilization has left behind for us that will certainly leave you completely stunned. Without putting you in suspense for too long, here are 10 of the little-known but amazing structures of the ancient world.|
1. Leshan Giant Buddha, China (Photo via: Hoang Sa)
The size of this structure and the intricate expertise that went into its construction will definitely leave you amazed! Considered the world’s largest stone-carved Buddha, this statue stands at more than 232 feet with a shoulder spanning over 90 feet. The Leshan Giant Buddha is located at the meeting point of three rivers in China’s Sichuan Province and its construction, which started in 713, was said to have taken over 90 years to complete, with thousands of people working on it. Hai Tong, a monk, had recommended the statue as a mean of placating water spirits that were thought to be responsible for the many boat mishaps during the period. It will interest you to know that the coiled hairs of the Buddha form part of a drainage system running down the statue.