Photo: Large Jesus Christ Statute Coming to Colombia
Huila Africa, a wildlife adventure park located in central Colombia, plans to construct the two largest statues in the world of Jesus. The extreme sports and adventure park known for activities such as camping, horseback riding, paintball, and kayaking, will now add religion to that list.
The project will consist of building a crucifix shaped church large enough to accommodate 500 people along with an 80 meter (196.9 ft) statue of Christ crucified on the cross as well as a 60 meter statue of Christ Redeemer.
The statue will tower over all other Christ figures including the statue of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Western Poland’s statue measuring at 53 meters will also be smaller than the proposed 60 meter statue. German Garrido, the park’s owner and engineer hopes the project will increase tourism in the area. “It’s a monumental work for Catholics and we will have the world’s biggest Christ,” Garrido stated to Colombia.net. According to the park’s spokeswoman, Maria Cenis the project is being constructed in an effort to bring more publicity to the Huila department as well as increase tourism in Colombia.
Plans for this project have been in development for a year and a half and the estimated costs are $5.7 million. Garrido hopes to complete the project by Easter of 2013; however no date has been confirmed.