This statue of Genghis Khan is the largest equestrian monument in the world, reaching a height of 40 meters. Without a doubt, such dimensions can always be considered exaggerated, but if there is a character who could perhaps have a memorial of such size, it would be the Mongol general Genghis Khan, who in the 12th century dominated across much of Asia the greatest empire ever known.
Genghis Khan Monument
Without a doubt Genghis Khan is the great hero of the history of Mongolia, and therefore it is not surprising that in 2008, this lavish monument was erected, since it is now a time when the country is growing little by little and somehow has to assert itself against the two giants that surround its entire territory: China to the south and Russia north.
So they erected this statue, which of course is an equestrian sculpture, since the horse is the great symbol of the Mongolian culture. And not just any horse, but the native of that territory of Central Asia where large herds of this type of short but tremendously robust equine are still kept.
The monument is located at Tsonjin Boldog, very close to the Tuul River. And its location is not accidental. Here a boy namedTemuginis supposed to have found a golden whip, a premonition of the power he was to have in the future. Of course that boybecame Genghis Khan.
The character here is shown to us with all its strength, even in the expression of the figure and that is not easy given its dimensions and the material used, since the entire figure is covered by hundreds of tons of sheets steel.
That is, the weight of the work is impressive, although it is hollow. In fact, you can walk through the interior and reach the horse's head, and contemplate the panorama from there. And the orientation is not accidental either, as it is looking towards the birthplace of the emperor, and also towards China.
At 40 meters from the statue we must add another 10 that reaches the pedestal, where there are 36 columns that represent as many khans. From the first of them, Genghis himself to the last Ligden Borjigin Khan.
In short, we are facing a spectacular monument, but above all with a strong patriotic and propaganda charge. A work designed by the architect J. Enkhjargal, which included the participation of the sculptor D. Erdenebileg.