A small Brazilian town has built a 143ft statue of Jesus, even taller than Rio’s iconic ‘Christ the Redeemer’

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Brazil’s monumental appreciation for the monuments of Jesus has become much greater.

A new 143-foot-tall statue, Cristo ProtectorChrist the Protector, designed by father-son duo Genesio Gomes Moura (Ceara) and Markus Moura, was finally completed on April 22. But visitors will have to wait to experience the sacred statue in situ until the tourist complex built around it is complete.

The new sacred monument, located in Rio Grande do Sul, about 975 miles southwest of the famous Rio Christ the Redeemeris a remarkable attraction for the small Brazilian city of only 22,880 inhabitants.

Christ the Protector, which has a wingspan of over 90 feet, was built with funds raised by the Associação Amigos de Cristo (Association of Friends of Christ) during a total cost of $350,000.

View of the statue of Christ Protector under construction in Encantado, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on October 29, 2021. Photo by Silvio Avila/AFP via Getty Images.

The tourist complex will include shops, restaurants and viewpoints allowing visitors to film and photograph the surrounding valley. This will even include a glazed opening to the center of the heart-shaped opening in Jesus’ chest, accessible by elevator.

Even without its base, Christ the Protector is among the tallest statues in the world (at 123 feet). It is followed by Poland Christ the King and bolivia Christo de La Concordia, both standing at 108 feet. from Rio Christ the Redeemer clocks at a respectable height of 98 feet.

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<p class=Genesio Gomes Moura (Ceara) and Markus Moura, Cristo Protector – Christ the Protector. Photo by Konce Agência, courtesy of Associação Amigos de Cristo.

Including the plinths, only the Jesus Buntu Burake statue in Sulawesi, Indonesia, at 172.4 feet, and Christ the King in Swiebodzin, Poland, which is 172.2 feet tall, are taller. (Not to be outdone, Mexico says it is planning a statue that will be even taller, at 249 feet, according to Designboom.)

The local government of Encantado and the surrounding region of Vale do Taquari said they have high expectations for the new attraction.

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<p class=Genesio Gomes Moura (Ceara) and Markus Moura, Cristo Protector – Christ the Protector. Photo by Konce Agência, courtesy of Associação Amigos de Cristo.

Even before its completion, local officials said more than 37,500 people came to visit, each paying around $4 for guided tours of the statue while it was being built.

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