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6 Lesser Known World Landmarks (Slideshow)

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5. Leshan Giant Buddha, China

Measuring in at an incredible 233 feet tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha is the world’s tallest premodern statue — and, to this day, is the tallest Buddha in the world.. The monstrosity was carved out of the side of a cliff over the course of nearly a century, finally reaching completion in the year 813.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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8:44PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Hopefully they stay "lesser known" and are not over-run with tourists and McDonald signs!

I hope the area in Iran can be rebuilt.

7:21AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing this.

4:03AM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing..... amazing pics!!

2:26AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

noted

2:26AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

noted

8:53PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:02AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

fascinating- thanks

10:00AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Very Cool.
Thank you.

3:24PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing- truly interesting and fascinating places with so much history.

9:08AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

would love to see all of them

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