The Tallest Monument of Christ Will Open To Visitors In 2023

Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is no longer the tallest statue of Jesus in Brazil now that the building of the new Christ the Protector statue in Encantado has been completed. The new 143-foot statue will open beginning in 2023. The area will also have shops, restaurants, and various viewing areas surrounding the statue. Designed by sculptor Genesio Gomes Moura and his son Markus, the most notable feature will be an elevator leading to the heart of the statue at about 112 feet. There will be a glass opening where people will be able to take photos of the valley. Without taking pedestals into account, Christ the Protector is the tallest statue in the world at 123 feet. Following is Poland’s Christ the King and Bolivia’s Cristo de La Concordia, both at 108 feet. Rio’s Christ the Redeemer is 98 feet tall without its boost from its 23-foot pedestal. Even while being built, the 1,700-ton Christ the Protector statue — with its 128-foot-wide arm span — became a popular attraction. More than 37,500 people took the guided tours offered on weekends and holidays for $20 Brazilian real (about $4).