Brazil building new giant Christ statue, taller than Rio’s

A giant new statue of Christ being constructed in southern Brazil will rise even higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

Earlier this week, ahead and outstretched arms were added to the statue, whose construction has been ongoing since 2019 in the city of Encantado, in the Rio Grande do Sul.

 

According to the Association of the Friends of Christ, which is responsible for the work’s general coordination, completion of the monument is scheduled later this year.

“It is a day for celebration, for devotion,” said Gilson Conzatti, a local councilor and son of Adroaldo Conzatti, the politician who conceived the idea.

 

The elder Conzatti, the city’s mayor, died in March due to covid 19 complications.

To be named Christ the Protector, the statue will stand 43 meters tall, including its pedestal, making it one of the world’s tallest statues of Christ with outstretched arms.

 

It will measure 36 meters from hand to hand and have an interior elevator and an observation deck near the top.

Christ the Redeemer, in comparison, measures 38 meters high, pedestal included, and spans 28 meters hand to hand. It will mark its 90th birthday this October.

 

Encantado, a city of 22,000, lies 145 kilometers northwest of the state capital Porto Alegre.

Promoters of this project say it intends to inspire faith and promote tourism in the area.

It should be noted that a team of both father and son sculptors, Genesio and Markus Moura, are overseeing the work.

 

The Association of Friends of Christ said the project’s budget stands at 2 million reals ($350,000) and is being completely financed through donations.

 

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