In Brazil, a new statue of Jesus Christ, taller than Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer, has been completed. According to news weekWork on ‘Christ the Protector’ was completed on April 22 in the small town of Encantado in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. The new statue is 43 meters (141 feet) high compared to Rio’s statue, which is 38 meters tall (125 feet).
“It’s the largest Christ in the world,” said Robison Gonzatti, vice president of the association that sponsored the statue. Reuters†
The new statue was sculpted by artist Markus Moura from the Brazilian state of Ceara. Work on the statue began in 2019 and has been funded by local businesses in the region. It is built with concrete over a metal structure and is built on a hill above the city.
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After completing the statue, Mr Moura said, “I got very emotional. It’s a feeling I can’t quite explain,” as quoted by news week†
The statue has a vantage point for visitors who can look out through a large heart-shaped window. But the site won’t be open to the public until sometime next year, as the statue is part of one of several phases in the construction of a tourist complex, which is still under construction.
According to the report, the visitation currently includes access to the construction complex, accompanied by local conductors, where it is possible to observe the already completed artwork. More than 50,000 people, including tourists from 21 different countries, have already visited the monument, according to site administrators.
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‘Christ the Protector’ will be the main attraction of the complex. The park around the statue is reportedly being built without public money with the help of donations from the local community from all over Brazil and beyond. news week reported that the latter park will have shops, restaurants, viewing points and a central area to better welcome visitors. It is worth mentioning that the idea of the statute came from local mayor Adroaldo Conzatti who died of COVID-19 in March 2021.
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