The Apennine Colossus in Florence, Italy, was constructed over 420 years ago. Wow!This beautiful bearded statue standing at an astounding height of 35 feet tall is one of the most fascinating pieces of architecture to be found at the gardens of Villa Medici at Pratolino, just north of Florence. This fantastic sculpture was created to represent the Apennine mountain ranges with real stalactites acting as the old man’s beard.
You can’t see it from here, but the old man is more than a statue, he’s a building. Inside, the walls are covered with frescoes and two working fountains. The old man’s head acts as a chamber that can hold a small orchestra.
Credit: Dr Cecilia Fanner