The world is filled with several amazing monuments and sites to be seen. Some of the world’s most attractive and impressive monuments have controversial back stories with them which make visitors more wonder and curious about the history and local culture of that particular area. Here is the list of monuments that has created history and controversies over the world and has come up in the list of top 10 most controversial monuments in the world.
List of 10 Most Controversial Monuments
- Che Guevara Statue, Bolivia
- Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
- Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan
- Second World War Monument to the Soviet Army, Bulgaria
- Valley of the Fallen, Spain
- Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
- Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
- Brown Dog Statue, London
- African Renaissance Monument, Senegal
- Potala Palace: Lhasa, Tibet
Top Ten Most Controversial Monuments in the World
Find the top ten most controversial monuments in the world with their clandestine stories behind their controversies.
1. Che Guevara Statue, Bolivia
The 22 ft bronze statue is the symbol of strength and power to the poor people. The famous activist Ernesto Che Guevara who fought for the rights of poor and lived the live in his own way for other people is still alive for farm workers of La Higuera. The memorial is built exactly the place where he was captured and executed.
2. Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Cu Chi Tunnels is stretch over 120 miles in the Ho Chi City. The local native has proved that bare hands and shovels can do wonders by digging and bringing up the 120 miles tunnels in the city. One has to go on knees to pass the tunnel and navigate through the system. It is one of the most popular and controversial monument of Vietnam and comes in the list of top ten most popular controversial monuments in the world.
3. A Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan
The only survival building in Hiroshima, after the launching of the atomic bomb by U.S military over Japan on 6, August, 1945. Bomb dome is now the main attraction of Hiroshima and called as the domed Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall. The hall retained some of its wall and steel frame of the dome and that makes it the unique building in the Hiroshima.
4. Second World War Monument to the Soviet Army, Bulgaria
Second World War Monument to the Soviet Army, Bulgaria came in controversy after repainting the monument and transforming the soldiers into superman and other pop culture figures in June 2011. The Bulgarian Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov got very upset with the makeover and called it crime, since the day soldiers are getting back into their original state by scrubbing.
5. Valley of the Fallen, Spain
Valley of fallen Spain was constructed on the commission of Dictator Francisco Franco to honor the soldiers of Spanish war 1930’s. And he enlisted political prisoners to carve the massive basilica into a mountainside—infuriating many Spaniards. The controversy on this monument went for years and finally in May 2011, the government ordered to remove the Franco’s body from the site.
6. Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
The uncompleted monument of Crazy Horse Memorial stands is the largest mountain sculpture in the world. It is located in Black Hills of South Dakota and will be the height of 87.5 feet. This mountain sculpture is home for Native American Educational and Cultural Centre and has 40,000 square foot welcome center.
7. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
The white statue of Christ Redeemer with extended arms is made of resin and has height of 72 feet. This statue has amazing lighting system with 26 different colors those lights up the capital city’s coastline. It is the 5th largest building of the Jesus in the world. It is clearly noticeable from every corner of the Brazilian capital.
8. Brown Dog Statue, London
Brown dog statue made a controversy and came in the top 10 most controversial monuments in the world because of fraught back story. The original Brown dog statue was created in the year 1906 by a group of people who opposed to medical experiments on animals. It has been destroyed by the enraged and embarrassed students due to the displayed message of condemning pro-vivisection students.
9. African Renaissance Monument, Senegal
African Renaissance monument becomes the matter of controversy in the country when millions went in the construction of this monument. Not only the money but the strange message by the monument made it controversial which depicted a man with baby and naked women emerging from a volcano, so it has been criticized for skimpy clothing.
10. Potala Palace
Potala palace in the middle of Lhasa is the main attractive center of Tibet. The Zhanpu King has erected a building to put an enriched glory on the Red hill. The palace is measured more than 13 stories high on mountain and stretches over 1,000 feet along a snowcapped ridge. It’s been resident of Dalai Lama for last 3 centuries as well as monastery, mausoleum and government offices. The golden towers and high historical values have made this monument popular in the world and controversial.