Originally Posted by fixer79
Second one is the Butte du Lion
or Lion's Mound
in Waterloo, Belgium. It's basically a huge, 141 ft high artificial mound erected on the spot where the famous Batle of Waterloo took place in 1815. On top of the mound, on a massive stone pedestal, stands a 31 ton lion.
Legend went that the lion was cast from molten cannonballs which the French had abandoned during the battle...
In fact, I live at only a few miles from Waterloo's famous lion. Countless times I ran up those stairs to the top of the monument to roll down the grassy mound.
crossed off another one of my life's to-do list by going to Waterloo this past November!
Anyway, I just found out about an enormous statue of Hercules which once stood on what is called Citadel Hill in Amman, Jordan. Built by the Romans and made of marble, it's estimated to have been approx. 13 metres/43 feet high. Not "colossal" but still pretty, darned big.
A photo with people visiting the temple for a sense of scale. Imagine the size of the full thing. It must have been impressive.