Brazil has a towering new statue of Jesus

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(CNN) – Ancantado, Brazil has a new statue of Jesus Christ that rivals the height of the famous “Christ the Protector” statue in Rio de Janeiro.

The statue, made of steel and concrete, is 43 meters (141 feet) high, 4.9 meters taller than Rio, according to the Friends of Christ Association (AACristo), the local organization responsible for making the statue.

The structure was designed by sculptor Genesio Gomes Maura and his son, Marcus Maura. With a 249-foot monument currently under construction in Mexico and a 172-foot figure in Poland, it is poised to become the third tallest statue of Jesus in the world.

Brazil is erecting one of the world’s tallest statues at the Rio Grande do Sul, rising 43 meters (140 feet) high in Encantado.

In a statement on the official website of Cristo Protટરter de Ancantado, AACristo says the statue was completed in late April, but work on the surrounding tourist complex is still ongoing and will not be completed until early 2023.

According to Brazilian media, an elevator is yet to be installed inside the statue. Once completed, the elevator will take visitors to a lookout point at the height of Christ’s heart, rewarding them with spectacular mountain views.

“It will be a glass opening where people can film and photograph the valley,” explained Head Project Supervisor Artur Lopez de Souza on the AACristo website.

The total cost of the project is expected to be around $ 353,000. AACristo is seeking donations to complete the project.

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For now, visitors can go and admire the tall statue up close – visits are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, according to the Cristo Proteator de Ancantado website.

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The new statue is expected to boost tourism in and around the town of Ancantado, which is close to Brazil’s borders with Uruguay and Argentina.

The Christ the Redeemer Statue has overlooked the city of Rio de Janeiro for almost 90 years and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Brazil.

Top photo: Drone image of the new statue in Encantado, Brazil, taken by drone on April 29, 2022. Photo Credit by REUTERS / Diego

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