A breathtaking new statue of Jesus even larger than Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer has been completed in Brazil.
Work on “The Protector Christ” was completed in the municipality of Encantado, in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, on April 22.
With its pedestal, the new statue is 43 meters (141 feet) tall, five meters taller than the monument in Rio.
However, it is still only the third tallest statue of Christ in the world after Jesus Buntu Burake in Indonesia and Christ the King in Poland.
The Protector Christ was sculpted by artist Markus Moura from Ceara state in Brazil, who completed the finishing touches last week.
He told local media: “I got very emotional. It’s a feeling that I can’t quite explain.”
Work on the statue began in 2019 and was mostly funded by local businesses in the area.
It was the brainchild of local mayor Adroaldo Conzatti, who died of COVID-19 in March 2021.
Although the statue is complete, the unveiling will take place later this year when the area around the complex is complete.
After nearly three years of solid work, Markus said he felt exhausted but “filled” with the experience after putting the finishing touches to Christ’s feet and completing the main structure.
He added: “Everything is good, everything is wonderful.”
According to site officials, more than 50,000 people, including tourists from 21 different countries, have already visited the monument.
This work is part of one of the stages in the construction of a tourist complex still under construction.
The park is built without public money with the help of donations from the local community from all over Brazil and abroad.
The latest park will have shops, restaurants, gazebos and a central space to better accommodate visitors.
Robison Gonzatti, Vice President of the Association of Friends of Christ, said, “We have done the work of Christ based on three words: faith, devotion and gratitude. But the work took on a very large proportion. In times of pandemic, Christ came to add to people’s faith.”
The monument of Christ can be visited by tourists on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
The visit currently includes access to the construction complex, with the accompaniment of local conductors, where it is possible to observe the artistic work already carried out. At this stage of construction, internal access is not available.
The program of visits to the park will be announced later, once the official opening has taken place. The statue of Christ the Protector will be the main attraction of the complex.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.