St. Augustine, Florida: Replica of Michelangelo's David

Supposedly one of only two exact copies made of the famous nude statue. Perfect in every detail, so there's no need to ever go to Italy.

Ripleys Believe It Not! Museum

Address:
19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL
Directions:
Displayed outside Ripleys Believe It Not! Museum. On the north side of the building, out front next to the parking lot. You can see his head from Hwy 1A/San Marco Ave, but his naughty bits are shielded behind a modesty hedge.
Hours:
M-Th 9 am - 7 pm; F-Sa 9 am - 8 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
615-646-7465
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Replica of Michelangelo's David sculpture. Replica of Michelangelo's David

An exact replica of Michelangelo's "David," an 18-foot tall hand-carved marble statue weighing 20,000 pounds has made its way to Castle Warden, home of Ripley's Believe It or Not! odditorium, and has been erected in a place of honor in the Castle's award-winning gardens. Anyone can stop by the west gardens to see David for free.

It is one of only two in the world carved as the original was - from a solid piece of pure Carrara Marble quarried from Pietra Santa in Tuscany, Italy. It's the same quarry where Michelangelo acquired the marble for his masterpiece.

It took the world famous Sollazzini and Sons Studio of Florence, Italy nearly three years (1960-1962) to carve the stunning statue for the 1964 New York World's Fair. Following the exhibition, it was acquired by California millionaire Ron Fong and was installed in the gardens at the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, Calif. from 1965 until it moved to St. Augustine.

[Tim O'Brien, 12/24/2007]

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