Brazil, April : Reports said the statue was designed by a local priest but the idea for the project came from politician and city mayor Adroaldo Conzatti, who passed away in March from COVID-19 complications.
Rio de Janeiro’s iconic ‘Christ the Redeemer’ will no longer be the tallest Christ statue in the world. That’s because a 140-feet-tall statue called ‘Christ the Protector’ is being built over the city of Encantado.
The new statue, which will be 140-feet when it is completed, will become the tallest Jesus statue in the world.
Christ The Redeemer statue, which stands over Rio, is 124 feet tall and spans 91 feet from hand to hand. But the outstretched arms of the one in Encantado will measure 118 feet from tip to tip.
According to reports, the estimated cost of the statue is 2 million reals and is being looked after by the Association of the Friends of Christ. The main goal of the project is to inspire faith and encourage more tourists to visit Encantado.
The chest of the statue will have a glass-windowed viewing platform for tourists, that can be accessed by lifts.
The entire structure has a massive steel frame and will contain over 17,600 cubic feet of concrete when completed, according to reports.
The money for the construction is being donated by individuals and companies, according to the Association of the Friends of Christ.
The construction began in 2019 and sculpting the head, which weighs 40 tons, needed three months. Reports said the statue was designed by a local priest but the idea for the project came from politician and city mayor Adroaldo Conzatti, who passed away in March from COVID-19 complications.
The Christ the Redeemer statue is currently getting a restoration before its 90th anniversary in October.
Brazil is currently battling a deadly resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with the death toll crossing 3,50,000. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has already crossed the 13 million recently.