Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World

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The word “Monolith” derives via the Latin ‘monolithus’, from the Ancient Greek word ‘monolithos’, which means single stone. Who you have enjoyed Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “2001: A space Odyssey”, can delineate a picture of large Monolith, which is quite analogous to the advanced machined developed by aliens to encourage human being to progress with technology.

What is a monolith? However, in reality, a monolith is a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, or a single large piece of rock placed as, or within, a building. Then, What is the largest monolith on earth? Or you can question which one is the biggest rock in the world? Answering is this question is a bit tough, since the word ‘monolith’, itself is ambiguous and hard to be defined. Many rocks and mountains are called monoliths, but these claims are rarely backed up by geological academics’ confirmation.

10 Largest Monoliths in the World:

 We are attempting here to provide a list of some of the biggest, most interesting and largest monoliths in the world authenticated by geologists.

10. Pena de Bernal

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Pena de Bernal
Pena de Bernal ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Peña de Bernal (“Bernal Peak”) is one of the great natural rock formation situated in San Sebastian Bernal, in the state of Queretaro. It rises 1148 feet above the town. It was formed about 65 million years ago during, the Jurassic period. But a recent analysis shows that it could be much younger than it was previously thought.

9. Rock of Gibraltar

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Rock of Gibraltar
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The Rock of Gibraltar is one of the largest monolithic limestone promontories. It is located in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, off the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Regarded as the crown property, this 426 meters (1,396 feet) high limestone monolith is the home of 27,800 Gibraltarians and 250 Barbary macaques. Gibraltar was one of the Pillars of Hercules in Greek mythology.

8. El Capitan, Yosemite

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, El Capitan, Yosemite
El Capitan, Yosemite ; image credit www.flickr.com/Dhinal Chheda

El Capitan is a very famous tour destination in Yosemite National Park, is a granite monolith. It rises almost 910 meter (3,000 foot) vertically from Yosemite Valley. Although once thought impossible to climb, Climbing on It is a favourite challenge among expert rock climbers. Warren J. Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore were the first to climb the Nose of El Capitan using ropes in 1958.

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7. Torres del Paine

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Torres del Paine
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Situated in the Extreme South region of Patagonian, Torres del Paine is a national park in Chile. It features mountains, beautiful lakes and glaciers. The centrepiece of the park is Cordillera del Paine. The Torres del Paine has three granite peaks. The highest peak is about 2,500 meters. This is considered to be the seventh giant rock of the world.

6. Ben Amera

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Ben Amera
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Ben Amera is situated in Mauritania, close to the border with another amazing desert landscape, Western Sahara. It is probably Mauritania’s best kept secret. There are also some other monoliths near Ben Amers.

5. Devils Tower

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Devils Tower
Devils Tower ; image credit www.flickr.com/m01229

Located in the Black Hills in Crook County, Devils Tower is the core of an ancient volcano exposed from erosion. It rises 386 meters (1,267 feet) above the surrounding terrain. And is the first one declared a United States National Monument in 1906. The mountain has become famous when it was chosen as the location of Steven Spielberg’s science fiction masterpiece film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘.

4. Sigiriya

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Sigiriya is a 370 meter (1214 foot) high ‘Lion rock’ fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is one of Sri Lanka’s most attracted tourist site. Until the 14th century it was used as a Buddhist monastery. UNESCO has listed Sigiriya as World Heritage Site.

3. Sugarloaf Mountain

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

One of the most commonly recognized and major tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. Sugarloaf Mountain situates on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean.

It rises 1299 feet high from the sea level. Tourists have to take two cable cars to reach the summit of the mountain where they can enjoy the wonderful views of Copacabana and the most beautiful river Rio.

2. Zuma Rock

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Zuma Rock
Zuma Rock ; image credit www.flickr.com/Jeff Attaway

Zumu Rock is a very unusual natural wonder of a rock in Niger State, Nigeria. It lies north of Nigeria’s capital Abuja and is easily observed by driving the main road from Abuja to Kaduna. Zuma Rock is 725 meters (2378 feet) above its surroundings. A person’s face can be considered in the white part at the centre of the rock according to some observers.

1. Uluru/Ayers Rock

Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World, Uluru/Ayers Rock
Uluru/Ayers Rock ; image credit www.flickr.com/Paul Arps

Uluru is the largest single rock above them all. Also known as Ayers Rock, it is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural icons, situated 335 km south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. The remarkable sandstone formation stands 348 meter high and measures 9.4 km in circumference. Interestingly the rock undergoes dramatic colour changes. Uluru is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Largest Monoliths in the World”

  1. Wrong for No 1… Ayers Rock is the third largest rock on the world…
    Correct top five is as follows,

    5: Rock of Gibraltar – Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar
    4: Zuma Rock – Niger State, Nigeria
    3: Ayers Rock – NT, Australia
    2: Mount Mulligan – QLD, Australia
    1: Mount Augustus – WA, Australia

  2. Have you guys hard About Pedra da Gávea In Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. It rises over 870 metros over the Sea level, nas we have registrar saying It os a monolmonolit. Many says The biggest monolit by the Coast, It s thevdouble pé the Sugar Loaf, Just to have am idea. Souls vê In the list. Any ways… Its well worth!

  3. Hey all you morons!! The article says LARGEST, NOT Tallest. These are not the same thing! Largest implies volume displaced, or at least mass. Not height.

    Meantime, this piece is so horribly written I almost hesitate to comment. They need a good translator!

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    • All of these examples are fascinating, clearly large, and all display specific qualities making each unique in it’s own way. I’m intrigued by monoliths that seem to be out of place when compared to the aspects of their surrounding environments. Such as the color or type of stone clashing with the natural colors of the landscape or the type of stone being foreign to the typical stone of the area. Also if the shape of the monolith is more rounded or sloped, as opposed to the jagged and sharper features we are used to seeing with the majority of mountain ranges and rock formations, It compelled me to question whether or not these massive stones actually belong or do they originate from completely different regions of the world all together. The ones that I find the most anomalous are those that seem to be the only large rock structures standing out in areas that are, for the most part, level grounded areas where the elevation doesn’t change much over a long distance. Their is a “mountain” in Georgia in the U.S. that is the only mountainous structure for many miles in a state that is not known for having mountains at all. It is a rounded singular stone giant that looks oddly misplaced in it’s environment. Are these monolithic anomalies the result of super volcanic activity or ancient massive glacier migration or is there a more complex theory or even a simple answer to this question. This was just an observation of mine that makes me wonder and want to investigate this mystery further to see if there’s something to it or if I’m mearly over thinking and over analysing. Any feedback?

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