The Coolest Sculptures to Check Out in Europe

Cristo Rei in Lisbon. Photo by Motoki Tonn on Unsplash

When it comes to the greatest sculptors that ever walked this earth, Europe was their playground. This is why Europe is the continent where you’re likely to come across more breathtaking statues than you’ve ever seen in your entire life. But let’s be real, it’s impossible to see everything. So which European sculptures are the very best to see?

King Decebalus | Orsova, Romania

King Decebalus can be visited in the historic city of Orsova, Romania. Towering 130 feet high, it took Florin Cotarcea and his team of 12 different sculptors ten years to complete this majestic work of art. King Decebalus himself lived in the 1st century AD, and the intention of this masterpiece was to show that he keeps watch over the river border between Romania and Serbia.

The Thinker | Paris, France

Ironically, it doesn’t take much thinking to see what makes The Thinker such a classic sculpture. Sculpted by Rodin in 1903, it says so little and so much at the same time, and you can check it out in Paris’ Rodin Museum to see for yourself.

Cristo Rei | Lisbon, Portugal

The city of Lisbon considers the Cristo Rei to be one of their crowning jewels. Built around the model of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Rei is even taller, standing at a gargantuan 360 feet high. Similar to King Decebalus, it took approximately ten years to make, and it’s among the coolest things you can visit in Portugal.