(CNN) – In the Brazilian city of Encantado there is a huge new statue of Jesus Christ competing with the height of the famous “Christ the Protector” statue in Rio de Janeiro.
The statue, made of steel and concrete, is 43 meters (141 feet) high, 4.9 meters above the structure of Rio, according to the local organization Friends of Christ Association (AACristo).
The structure was designed by sculptor Genésio Gomes Moura and his son, Markus Moura. It will be the third tallest statue of Jesus in the world, after the 249-foot monument currently under construction in Mexico and the 172-foot statue in Poland.
Brazil is building one of the tallest statues of Jesus in the world at the Rio Grande do Sul, Incantado, 43 meters (140 feet) high.
In a statement on Cristo Protetor de Encantado’s official website, AACristo said the statue was completed in late April, but work on a nearby tourist complex is ongoing and will not be completed until early 2023. ۔
According to Brazilian media, an elevator is yet to be installed inside the statue. Once completed, the elevator will take visitors to a place of exploration in the heart of Christ, and they will be rewarded with spectacular views of the top of the hill.
Head Project Supervisor Arthur Lopez de Souza explained on the AACristo website that “this will be the opening of the glass from which people will be able to film and photograph the valley.”
The project is expected to cost a total of 35 353,000. AACristo is soliciting donations to complete the project.
For now, visitors can go and admire the mounting statue up close – according to the Christopher Protector de Encantado website, visits are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays.
The new statue is expected to boost tourism in and around the town of Encantado, which is close to Brazil’s borders with Uruguay and Argentina.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer has been overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro for almost 90 years and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil.
Top image: Drone image of the new statue in Encantado, Brazil, taken on April 29, 2022 by drone. Photo Credit REUTERS / Diego Vara