Category Archives: Religious statues

St. Jerome the Priest

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Location: Sheridan Circle ( Massachusetts Ave. & 24th ), the Croatian Embassy, Washington D.C., USA

Sculptor: Ivan Mestrovic, bronze, 1954

Jerome (341-420) was born in Stridon, Croatia and became a noted clerical scholar. He later moved to Bethlehem and wrote numerous commentaries on the Bible. He is credited with being the first to translate the Bible from Hebrew into Latin…This statue originally sat on the grounds of the Franciscan Abbey, but was moved to its present location in front of the Croatian Embassy after the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Croatian state.

About Mestrovic (from wikipedia):
Ivan Meštrović was a Croatian sculptor…(He is said to) be the greatest sculptor of religious subject matter since the Renaissance, the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


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Lord Murugan

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Location: Batu Caves, Gombak district, Selangor (13 km north of Kuala Lumpur) Malaysia

Lord Murugan is a popular Hindu deity among Tamil Hindus, and is worshipped primarily in areas with Tamil influence, especially South India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. This religious statue, unveiled in 2006, was said to be made by fifteen sculptors from India and 15 other general workers, taking more than three years to build. Standing at 42.7 meter (140.09 ft) high, it is considered the world’s tallest statue of Lord Murugan. The statue, which cost approximately Rupees 24 million (US$670,000), is made of 1550 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of steel bars and 300 liters of gold paint brought in from Thailand. (Info source:, wikipedia)

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