The "Christ the Protector" statue will stand 43 metres tall – 4.8m taller than Rio's "Christ the Redeemer"
A massive statue of Jesus Christ is being built in southern Brazil. While we're familiar with its iconic counterpart "Christ the Redeemer" in Rio de Janeiro, the upcoming "Christ the Protector" statue is said to be even taller and will stand at 43 meters (141 feet). That means it is 16 feet taller than Rio's Christ the Redeemer. The new statue is being built by a local organization named Friends of Christ Association (AACristo). CNN reports that it is made of steel and concrete and is being built in Encantado, a small town in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul.
A huge statue of Jesus Christ is under construction in southern Brazil, and it will be even taller than its famous counterpart in Rio de Janeiro. https://t.co/0VVdnwYxbq— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) April 12, 2021
According to the organization, the giant statue is the work of sculptor Genésio Gomes Moura and his son, Markus Moura. Construction began back in July 2019. The statue's arm and head were put together on April 6 and they're hoping the sculpture will be complete by this year. It will cost around $353,000 in total, and AACristo is asking for donations to finish the project. The structure is an attempt to boost tourism in the area, which is close to Brazil's borders with Uruguay and Argentina.
According to the organization, the highlight of the structure is that it will be the third-tallest statue of Jesus in the world. The first being a 249-foot statue currently under construction in Mexico and a 172-foot monument in Poland. What's also interesting to note is that there will be an elevator installed inside the statue that will take tourists to a lookout at the height of Christ's heart. "It will be a glass opening from where people will be able to film and photograph the valley," head project supervisor Artur Lopes de Souza said on the AACristo website.
Many people seem to have mixed reactions to the construction of such an extravagant spiritual structure. FrEdwardBeck tweeted: “...for I am gentle and humble in heart...” ? Brazil's new Christ statue will be bigger than Rio's. rjinct replied: I feel Brazil could spend its money on it's thousands of impoverished and homeless people rather than this. wildlower agreed, noting: Imagine how many people they could help with the money they’re spending on this. The potential tourism money isn’t going to help those people.
DarkFla06174162 added: I don't think Jesus taught us to spend billions of dollars erecting a statue of him while the poor suffering from hunger. However Vinicius_Kindle retorted saying: Its private money, they do whatever they want with it. The Association responsible for it do a lot of donations for poor communities. The city of Encantado is not on a covid crisis. Americans should worry more about their racial crisis than with Brazil.
Others were fascinated by the structure. HackSoloTravel wrote: Whoa, a new massive Christ the Protector is being built in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, #Brazil! Very cool, though Rio de Janeiro's #artdeco Redeemer is still my favorite giant #Jesus. You really don't have to be religious to appreciate their #beauty.
As for the "World's tallest" Jesus statue that has been fully constructed, it currently exists in Poland. Sylwester Zawadzki was the priest who created the statue which is 33m (108ft) tall... one meter for every year that Jesus lived. Christ the King in Swiebodzin was also constructed in such a way that it was crowned with a golden king's crown. "I have never been as happy as I am today," Rev Zawadzki said over 10 years ago when the statue was built, according to BBC. "This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest." The structure also received mixed reactions at the time. While some believed that it will promote the town, bringing in tourists from around the world other locals felt the money would have been better spent on projects in the town that could have helped social causes. Some have even gone on to call the statue tacky.