India’s ‘Statue of Unity’ visible from space


The 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has another high point to it; what is believed to be the world’s tallest statue is now visible from space.

Commercial satellite network Planet has tweeted an oblique satellite image of the Statue of Unity, captured on Nov. 15, clearly showing the structure looming over the riverside landscape.

The image from the space clearly shows the structure revealing itself and towering over the Narmada River.

The statue, dedicated to India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel, is built on an island in the state of Gujarat (cost a mammoth $430 million (Rs3,000 crore) to build).  It was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on Oct. 31, Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary.

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