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These Mega-Sculptures Are the Biggest in the World

The African Renaissance Monument (French: Le Monument de la Renaissance africaine) is a 49m tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Ouakam suburb, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and built by a company from North Korea. It is the tallest statue in Africa.

George Washington by Mark Gulezian, National Portrait Gallery. Although nearly identical versions of the famous “Lans­downe” portrait of George Washington hang in the White House, the House chamber, and the Capitol’s Rayburn Room, the Portrait Gallery’s painting is the original—confirmed in 2004 after years of controversy.

During the Late Period and Ptolemaic times otters were represented in bronzes statuettes such as this one, standing, forepaws raised, atop small bronze boxes. The pose of raised paws signifies the otter's adoration if the sun god when he rises in the morning. In myth otters were attached to the goddess of Lower Egypt Wadjet, whose cult was centered in Buto, in the northern Delta.

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Horatio Greenough, George Washington, 1841. The statue was on display in the Capitol Rotunda from 1841 to 1843 when it was relocated to the east lawn. In 1908 Congress transferred the statue to the Smithsonian Institution where it was exhibited in the Smithsonian Castle until its relocation to the new National Museum of American History in 1964. It has resided on the second floor of the Museum ever since.

The Charioteer of Delphi (also Heniokhos, the rein-holder), is one of the best-known statues surviving from Ancient Greece, and is considered one of the finest examples of ancient bronze statues. Found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now in the Delphi Archaeological Museum. Erected at Delphi in 474 BC to commemorate the victory of a chariot team in the Pythian Games, which were held at Delphi.

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The Truth About the Culper Ring, the First U.S. Spy Family — and the Real Agent 355

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Mapped for the first time, the real-life Atlantis: 3D map shows how Egyptian trade centre buried for 1,200 years would have looked

A statue of the Egyptian goddess, Isis, found in the sunken city of Heraklion. The city sank under the Mediterranean sea over 1200 years ago. Believed to be a legend until it was discovered by accident in 2001, the city of Heraklion, home of the temple where Cleopatra was inaugurated, was one of the most important trade centres in the Mediterranean area before it disappeared into what is now the Bay of Aboukir.