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PHOTOS: World’s tallest statue unveiled in India

The statute is in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a nationalist who helped unite modern India after gaining independence from Britain.

The monument, called the Statue of Unity, cost $460 million to build and is located in the western state of Gujarat.

It is 200 feet higher than the world’s next tallest, the Spring Temple Buddha in China, and twice the height of New York’s Statute of Liberty.

Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, on Wednesday unveiled the statue, saying: “We are doing everything possible to turn Sardar Patel’s vision into a reality and ensure a good-quality life for our fellow Indians.”