By the end of this year, Christ the Redeemer will no longer be the tallest statue of Jesus in Brazil. Christ the Redeemer was completed in 1931 on Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
With 98 feet altitude and sitting on a 26-foot pedestal with an arm open to 92 feet, it had the record of the tallest Jesus of them all in Brazil.
This new Cristo Encantado statue, Christ the Protector, will outshine the Brazil ’s Rio landmark’s total height of 124 feet by 16 feet, coming in at 140 feet overall.
Located in the small town of Encantado in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, the new attraction hopes to bring more tourist or even pilgrims to the place.
Designed by sculptor Genesio Gomes Moura (Ceara) and his son, Markus Moura, the $2 million projects of Brazil started in July 2019. This statue is going to have an elevator inside it leading to the statue’s heart at about 112 feet. It shall be a glass opening for people to be able to film and photograph the view of the Valley.
As the arms and head of Jesus, the Protector of Brazil was put into position last Tuesday, the iron-and-concrete statue shall be totally finished and completed by the end of this year.
On the other hand, this statue in Brazil accepts soliciting donations to finish the construction, with the donors’ names being presented in plates for amounts starting at $1,000 Brazilian real (about $175).
When completed, Jesus the protector in Brazil will be the third-largest Jesus Christ statue on the planet, the Cristo Encantado sites says, only topped by Mexico’s Cristo de la Paz, which is about 249 feet tall, and Poland’s Estátua de Cristo Rei, which stands at about 172 feet.