An ambitious new project in Brazil’s Encantado, as they plan to build the third-tallest statue of Christ in the world. It will be taller than the country’s famous Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
When completed, a new statue being constructed in the southern city of Encantado, Brazil, entitled “Christ the Protector” will be the third-tallest statue of Jesus in the world. In fact, it could wind up being listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue will also be taller than that of “Christ the Redeemer” in Rio de Janeiro, which stands 30 meters (98 feet) in height. Like “Christ the Redeemer,” “Christ the Protector” also features a robed Jesus with arms extended horizontally outward.
The idea from the statue came from Encantado politician Adroaldo Conzatti, who passed away in March, the BBC reported. Construction originally began in 2019, and the head and arms were added last week.
When completed, the Christ the Protector statue will stand 43 meters (140 feet) in height. This will make the statute the third-tallest Jesus statue in the world, behind the second-tallest, “Christ the King” in Swiebodzin, Poland, which is 52.5 meters high, and that of the world’s tallest, ” Jesus Buntu Burake” in Sulawesi, Indonesia, which is 52.55 meters high.
As an attraction for tourists, an internal lift will be added to the statue that will take tourists up to a viewpoint located in the chest region which will be approximately 40 meters above the ground.
The total cost of the project to build the “Christ the Protector” statute was estimated at $350,000. The funding for the statue was raised by a group called the Association of the Friends of Christ group, who have received donations from individuals and companies, according to the Association.
When Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue was proposed the Catholic Circle of Rio said it was motivated by what they saw as godlessness and society. Most of the donations for that statue came from Brazilian Catholics. The design of the statue of Christ with its open arms, with said to be a symbol of peace. The Christ Redeemer statue has become emblematic of both the city of Rio de Janeiro and the whole nation of Brazil, Britannica reported, and has become celebrated in both traditional and popular songs.