Discover the Enormous Statue of the Emperor of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar
Genghis Khan, as we all know by studying history, a dictator who is responsible for the massacre of over 40million people, often regarded as one of the most savage rulers to have ever walked on Earth. But to Mongolians he is hero, a figure of honour, who have developed Mongolian civilisation and politics, as he was indeed the ruler of the greatest empire ever. He is represented on cigarette covers to bottle covers, and yes, he is honoured but very less.
So therefore in the year 2008, a statue of Genghis Khan was erected made by stainless steel, he is depicted on a horse. It is one of the largest statue ever created. It is built on the Genghis khan statue complex.
The Height and Length of the Statue
The statue height is of one hundred and thirty-one foot which is forty meters in length.
It is located fifty-four kilometres east, of Ulaanbaatar (which is Mongolian capital). A great deal of symbolism is also used, as the statue is pointed towards the east, which was his birthplace, if looked closely one can see the statue of Genghis khan’s mother.
Built on top of a visitor centre, which is the Genghis khan statue complex which is of thirty-three feet (or ten meters) in height. A tribute is paid to the Khans (which were thirty-six in number, ranging from Ligdan khan to Genghis khan) by building thirty-six columns. The architect and sculptor responsible for the gigantic and enormous statue were Enkhjargal and D. Erdenebileg respectively.
Panoramic View of the Statue
To have a panoramic view, the visitors have to reach the head of the horse, by using the elevator. The statue covers the area of two thousand yurts.
Marks of the Horse brand are designed in such a way depicting the Mongolian tribes of the thirteenth century.
A Mongolian company named as the Genco tour bureau, was responsible for financing the complex, which was around 4.1million us dollars. The building is Gothic architectural style of Europe, almost giving a symbolic meaning of conquering Europe, by placing the statue over the building.
The Xiongnu and Bronze Age cultures
The Xiongnu and Bronze Age cultures rich in archaeology are exhibited in the museum attached to the complex. Utensils of everyday use, knives, buckles of the belt of those times, animals considered sacred and many more items are shown.
And the thirteenth and fourteenth century of Khans period are shown in the 2nd exhibition, having tools used in the ancient times, subjects of goldsmiths, rosaries and crosses of the Nestorians.
The visitors can also try the ancient Mongolian attire by using the costumes available, or take souvenirs. The visitors can also tour around the different portraits of the Mongolian leader Genghis khan and enjoy the restaurant cuisine located on the second floor.
Five hundred and twenty acres of tourist recreation centre is also present adjacent to the complex museum.
The Traditional Golden Eagle
Apart from this the visitors are also privileged to take photos by pacing the traditional golden eagle over their shoulders, by the statue complex building.
The golden eagle is traditionally used for bird of prey of the Mongols, they used to train them and use for hunting down hares, foxes and other small animals in the ancient times, (this tradition is still preserved by the Mongol nomads and many festivals exhibit this cultural identity to depict the Mongolian lifestyle).
Thus, it is must visit for the tourists, gaining popularity ever since its creation and development. Providing visitors, a culturally rich treat. The statue is one of its kind, and definitely monumental. This magnificent and Enormous creation is never to be seen anywhere else in the world.