Travel Theme: Sculpture

Ailsa’s challenge for this week is Sculpture.

I like taking pictures of sculptures, although not to the same extent as landscape photos.

In particular, I like taking photos of equestrian sculptures.  A full-size equestrian statue is a difficult and expensive object for any culture to produce, and figures have typically been portraits of rulers or, more recently, military commanders

I was much impressed by the sculptures at Heroes’ Square in Budapest Hungary.DSCF0142

At the base of the column of St. Gabriel was a group of seven mounted figures representing the Magyar chieftains who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin.DSCF0143

In the front of the magnificent seven was the famous Árpád considered the founder of the Hungarian nation.

Also interesting is the bronze figure of the Vilnius founder Grand Duke Gediminas in the Vilnius Cathedral Square of Lithuania. It shows Geminidas beside his horse. He holds his sword in his left hand which someone interprets so that he preferred diplomacy instead of war and violence.DSC_0392

While visiting the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia, the thing that caught my eyes was this statue of Genghis Khan riding on his horse. This is the man who has conquered many parts of Asia and even part of Europe. When compared with the statue of horses found in Europe, the Mongolian horses obviously have shorter legs, although this doesn’t mean that they move slower.DSCF2292

While this post is mainly on equestrian sculptures; I couldn’t refrain myself from posting the next photo.DSCF6413

Back in West Lake, China. Not far from the lake is the YueFei temple. I was most impressed with the statute of a Chinese general who assisted YueFei in winning battles against the “barbarians” around China.

His face looks so intimidating; I guess I will be scared to death if I were in a battle with him. . . . . .  . . . . . . .