Now an even taller Jesus is under construction about 900 miles (1,500km) away in the town of Encantado in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul.
When finished, the iron-and-concrete savior, named Christ the Protector (or Cristo Protetor in Portuguese), will stand at a total height of 141 feet (43m). That will make the new colossus about a giant head taller than Rio's Christ the Redeemer, which stands at 125 feet (38m) tall (if you count the pedestal—the actual statue measures 30m/98 ft. tall).
(Christ the Protector statue under construction in Encantado, Brazil; image: Konce Agência)
According to the Associação Amigos de Cristo, the nonprofit organization funding the construction, Christ the Protector will be the world's third-tallest Jesus statue when it's unveiled by the end of this year. Only the 172-foot-tall Estátua de Cristo Rei in western Poland and Mexico's planned but still unfinished 253-foot-tall Cristo de la Paz have loftier specs.
The work of father-and-son sculptors Genésio Gomes Moura and Markus Moura, Encantado's Christ statue will have an elevator inside to take visitors to a lookout about 112 feet up, where a glass opening will show off the surrounding hills and lakes.
(Image: Konce Agência)
Construction began in July 2019 and is expected to cost R$2 million (US$365,000), all from donations.