Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010

Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue; Mongolia

Nearly 800 years after Genghis Khan conquered most of the known world, the people of Mongolia honored him by erecting the world's largest equestrian statue in his likeness. Kahn and his horse stand 131 feet tall atop a 33-foot tall coliseum with 36 columns. Located 34 miles from Ulaanbaatar in an area known as Tsonjin Boldog, the statue commemorates the site where legend says Kahn found a golden whip. Eight centuries later, the conqueror wields a golden staff, ready to ride into battle once more.