And these statues shall reign forever and ever.
The little-known town of Encantado, in southern Brazil, has grabbed international headlines with the news that it’s constructing a gigantic Jesus statue even bigger than the world-famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. At 43 meters (140 feet) Christ the Protector will be five meters taller than its Rio counterpart. But it’s not the first statue to knock Rio’s Cristo off his perch. There are gigantic Christ statues all over the world, with a succession of locales proudly declaring their own Jesus as the “World’s Tallest.” One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Rio statue turns 90-years-old this year, and its crowd-pulling success has spawned copycat Christs around the world, some of which have been notably more successful than others. Here’s our round-up of some of the biggest and best Christ statues around the world.