Holier than thou? Rio’s Christ statue has rival

January 7, 2009

A little-known Brazilian farming town with sugar cane wealth is set to upstage Rio de Janeiro by erecting a statue of Christ this year that will eclipse its famous equivalent atop Rio’s Corcovado mountain.

The Christ statue in Sertaozinho, northwest of Sao Paulo city, will be 187 feet (57 meters) tall when perched on its 128 foot (39-metre) pedestal.

(Photo: Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, 5 June 2005/Bruno Domingos)

Here’s our story about it and the full Folha de Sao Paulo report on the statue (in Portuguese).

In 2007, a German businessman named Harry Vossberg announced he wanted to beat Rio’s record by 20 meters by building a giant Jesus statue in the Bavarian Alps. But local officials and even the local Catholic and Protestant churches were opposed to the idea. Bad Reichenhall, the town where he wanted to build it, finally decided last September against issuing a construction permit.  Vossberg has said he wanted to look for a site elsewhere in Germany.

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