1. Kailatha temple, India
The entire structure of the kailatha temple, carved from a single rock in the elora grottoes in the Indian state of maharashtra, is an architectural marvel. The walls of the temple are intricately carved, depicting the lives of the gods ramayana, mahabharata and Krishna.
2. Bayon temple, Cambodia
The bayon temple at angkor was built during the reign of jayavarman vii, the mahayana buddhist king. More than 200 faces are carved into the stone walls of this fascinating temple, but the four king portraits stand out in relief.
3. Mount rushmore, south Dakota
Mount rushmore is a granite monument surrounded by the black hills. Its walls are carved with the heads of four American presidents, 18 metres (60 feet) high: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
4. Stone mountain, Georgia, USA
Stone hill in Atlanta has a bas-relief depicting three confederate leaders on horseback — President Jefferson Davis, general Robert e. lee, and general Thomas “stonewall” Jackson.
5. Longmen grottoes, China
Located in luoyang city, henan province, longmen grottoes are a miniature of Chinese stone carving art. The longmen grottoes are buddhist carvings that were added to the world heritage list in 2000.
6. Romanian dechebar head
Dechebar was a king of Romania whose rock sculptures were carved in the rocks near the Danube river in bor. Built in 1994 and completed in 2004, the tallest rock relief in Europe was overseen by the businessman and historian Iosif Constantin Dragan.
7. The Egyptian sphinx
Carved on a single piece of limestone, the sphinx is aptly named, with the body of a lion and the face of a man. At 73 meters (241 feet) long and 20 meters (65 feet) high, the statue remains a mystery to historians as to when it was built, by whom and for what.
8. Petra, Jordan
Petra is an archaeological city said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in the fourth century. The site was named the world heritage center in 1985, and is also known as the city of roses because of the rose-colored monuments and walls.
9. The lion of lucerne, Switzerland
The lion of lucerne is a monument designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen to honor Swiss mercenaries who died bravely during the French revolution in 1792. Built in 1820 and carved into the walls of a sandstone quarry, the spectacular statue measures 10 meters (33 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) high.
10.The giant Buddha in leshan, China
Located in emeishan city, sichuan province, the leshan giant Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world. The statue, 71 meters (233 feet) high, is carved from red-bedded sandstone. The site was added to the United Nations world heritage list in 1996.