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Brazil’s new 141 feet statue of Christ among tallest in the world

by Kelly Valencia
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Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue is no longer the taller depiction of Christ in Brazil.

The southern city of Encantado has now opened to the public, Cristo Protetor de Encantado, a 141 feet statue of Christ.

The statue it is 29 feet taller than Rio’s and has been in the works since 2019.

Designed by sculptor, Genésio Gomes Moura and his son Markus Moura, the statue its set to be the third-tallest statue of Jesus in the world after a 249-feet in Mexico and a 172-foot in Poland.

According to Friends of Christ Association (AACristo), the parts open to the public is only stage one of a the building of a tourist complex, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2023.

The complex will have shops, restaurants and viewpoints.

A lift inside the statue which will take visitors to a lookout point at the height of Christ's heart is also yet to be installed, according to Brazilian media.

"It will be a glass opening from where people will be able to film and photograph the valley," head project supervisor Artur Lopes de Souza explained on the AACristo website.

Its understood the total cost of the project will be around $353,000 (£286,254).

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