Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the most iconic man-made landmarks on earth. It will soon have some competition, and it will come from inside Brazil.
According to Travel + Leisure, Brazil’s Associação Amigos de Cristo (Friends of Christ Association) is currently constructing a new statue of Christ—this one called Christ the Protector—in the small town of Encantado in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Encantado’s new Christ the Protector statue will clock in at 140 feet tall, surpassing Rio de Janeiro’s 124-foot Christ the Redeemer statue by 16 feet. In fact, once completed, it will be the tallest statue of Christ anywhere in the world.
The new Christ the Protector statue was designed by sculptor Genesio Gomes Moura (Ceara) and his son, Markus Moura. Construction began in 2019, and is expected to cost roughly $350,000 all-told. The hope is that when the statue is finished—ostensibly by the end of this year—it will justify that hefty price tag by attracting tourists to the area.
“The Encantado monument is designed to be the largest in Brazil, even surpassing the height of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro,” a statement on the project’s official website reads.
“This is not a simple work. On the contrary, its grandeur requires planning and the meticulous oversight of many professionals.”