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Most Controversial Monuments Around the World

Jun 23, 2020

The monumental structures around the world are known for more than just their historical importance. There are many monuments that have sparked controversy and their existence is believed to be problematic. Here are some of the most controversial monuments around the world that you should know about.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is believed to have been built on seized land and has been designed by Gutzon Borglum who is recognized as a polarising figure.

Statue of Christopher Columbus

The statue of Christopher Columbus is not popular in every part of the US as people think that he did not actually discover America. Many of his statues have been beheaded in parts of Boston and Massachusetts.

The Yasukuni Shinto Shrine

According to the website of this shrine, it was built to "commemorate and honor the achievement of those who dedicated their precious lives for their country." One general, However, is believed to be responsible for the attack on US fleet that lead to the death of 200,000 civilians in 1937.

The Valley of the Fallen

This memorial was built to honor people who lost lives in the Spanish civil war but the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco has been laid to rest in the same place.

The Che Guevara monument

The legacy of this man is complicated. He was known to stand for social injustice but was also believed to be tight with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

The Fallen Angel statue

It is a public monument dedicated to Satan or the devil and wasn't received well in Spain. It is believed to have been built during the 19th Century.

The Memorial for the Victims of Nazi Military Justice

Made in Austria, this memorial is built to commemorate the victims of Nazi Military Justice who were seen as criminals for objecting the Nazi Regime.

The Don Juan de Oñate statue

The statue has been vandalized at multiple occasions as Oñate was the one who allowed the king of Spain to colonize a territory that became New Mexico.

The Brown Dog Statue

This statue is assoctated with the brown dog affair that uncovered the animal abuse scandal in University College London.
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