Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue may be one of the top tourist attractions in all of Brazil, but visitors a little further south in the country will now be able to enjoy a new, taller statue of Jesus Christ in the town of Encantado. Known locally as Cristo Protetor de Encantado, the 141ft statue was officially completed in late April after three years of work, according to CNN.
Designed by Genésio Gomes Moura and his son, Markus Moura, the steel and concrete statue is much more detailed than the 91-year-old soapstone iteration from Rio de Janeiro. More realistic hair, facial features and a fuller robe were created for the Encantado statue, but stylistically it shares an Art Deco style with Rio’s Christ the Redeemer. Since the new statue benefits from nearly a century of technical advancements, it features another major update: an elevator. At the center of the Christ statue, a heart of glass is presented as a lookout point for tourists to climb up and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The local Friends of Christ Association (AACristo) is paying for the impressive structure with a reported total cost of $353,000. The association is currently accepting donations to help offset costs.
The statue is now the third tallest of Jesus Christ in the world, behind the Christ the King statue in Poland, which stands at 172 feet, and a 252-foot-tall statue in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, which is currently in construction. While the surrounding tourist pavilion won’t be ready for a full flow of visitors until early next year, visitors are invited to come and marvel at the statue up close every Saturday and Sunday, with tickets and more information available on the attraction’s website.