In Rogue One (2016), when transitioning to the planet Jedha, there's shown an extremely large, fallen statue of someone.

Who is this a statue of, what's their significance, and why is it now in ruins?

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According to the Starwars Wikia:

Who

That is an un-named Jedi.

Fallen ruins of a statue depicting a Jedi

Significance

I believe the point of this shot is to show 2 things:

  1. Jedi are an ancient and (once) great religion
  2. This planet was once significant to Jedi

Why is it now in ruins

As more of the galaxy was mapped, more direct hyperspace routes were discovered. These new passages made the old, winding routes, such as those connecting with Jedha, obsolete. The once-popular Jedha became an antiquated curiosity rather than a relevant destination, a location for those who desired spiritual guidance, a deeper purpose, or to simply exile themselves from the larger galaxy.

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    Interesting - I never thought of this as fallen, but as a deliberate shaping of landscape to create a sort of best-viewed-from-the-air ground attraction. But a fallen statue probably makes more sense come to think of it. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 23 at 14:15
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit Impressive materials if it fell and held that shape... – Tim B Oct 23 at 14:59
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    @TimB Indeed 😂 Probably petrified midichlorians or something – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 23 at 15:10
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    Like the route 66 of the Star Wars universe. – SiXandSeven8ths Oct 23 at 19:37

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