At 71 meters (233 feet) tall, many contend that Leshan’s Grand Maitreya Buddha is the world’s largest. He was built in the eighth century to control the confluence of two rivers that were taking many ships and lives. And it worked – after his construction the river became much more manageable.
A miracle? Not so much. The massive amount of rock removed from the river for construction changed the currents and made passage easier.
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