Beginning in the 1920s, the genre of the colossal Jesus statue emerged. Currently, there are twenty-seven Jesus statues worldwide (that I could find) that stand over 65 feet tall, base not included. Most of them are in Latin America, though none is as tall as the Buddha statues in Asia, which out-tower Jesus by several hundred feet. Wikipedia provides a helpful chart and list that compare the heights of the world’s tallest statues.
Rio de Janiero’s Christ the Redeemer statue, highlighted above in blue, is undoubtedly the most well known of all the Jesus statues, it being the original and also situated in a beautiful landscape of mountain and sea. It appears in the films Now, Voyager (starring Bette Davis); Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious; Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet; Rio; and 2012 (see trailer below; epic destruction snippet at 0:26). It has also appeared in several TV shows and video games.
Christ the Redeemer has been declared a protected monument by Brazil’s National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN), and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the New Open World Corporation. The idea for the statue was proposed in 1921 by the Catholic Circle of Rio, which solicited donations from Brazilian Catholic individuals and institutions. In 2006, a chapel was dedicated under the monument, which allows Catholics to hold baptisms and weddings there.
For almost all the giant Jesus statues ever made, Jesus is given the same pose: standing tall with arms outstretched—a symbol of peace, protection, and blessing.
Here I’ve compiled a list of just the top ten. The order I use is based on statue height only, though you’ll notice that third place is a four-way tie. The first number in the height field indicates the height of the statue, and the second number indicates the total monument height (including the pedestal and base). The honor of “world’s tallest” is contested, because Christ the King in Poland has a ten-foot-tall metal crown attached to its head, which, if counted, gives it a six-foot advantage over Christ of Peace in Bolivia.
Apparently, though, a 134-foot Jesus statue is in the process of being built in Split, Croatia, which, when completed, will be the tallest Jesus statue in the world.
1. Christ the King, Świebodzin, Poland.
Year of completion: 2010
Architect(s): Sylvester Zawadzki (project conception and leadership); Mirosław Kazimierz Patecki (sculpture design); Assoc. Jakub Marcinowski and Assoc. Mikołaj Kłapeć (technical design); Tomasz Stafiniak and Krzysztof Nawojski (clothing and arm design); Marian Wybraniec (foundation design)
Height: 117.8 ft. (with crown; 108 ft. without) / 172 ft.
2. Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace), Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Year of completion: 1994
Architect(s): Cesar and Walter Terrazas Pardo
Height: 112.2 ft. / 132.5 ft.
3. Cristo Redentor do Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer), Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Year of completion: 1931
Architect(s): Heitor da Silva Costa (statue design); Albert Caquot (reinforced concrete design); Paul Landowski (sculptor)
Height: 98.5 ft. / 130 ft.
4. Cristo del Otero (Christ of the Otero [a Spanish municipality]), Palencia, Spain.
Year of completion: 1931
Architect(s): Vitorio Macho (click here to see construction photos)
Height: 98.5 ft.
5. Cristo Resucitado (Resurrected Christ), Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico.
Year of completion: ?
Height: 98.5 ft. / 132 ft.
6. Kristus kase Berkat (Christ Blessing), Manado, Indonesia.
Year of completion: 2007
Architect(s): Ir. Ciputra
Height: 98.5 ft. / 158.3 ft.
Inscription: Torang Samua Basudara (“We are all brothers and sisters”)
7. Cristo Rei (Christ the King), Almada, Portugal.
Year of completion: 1959
Architect(s): Antonio Lino (base designer), Francisco Franco de Sousa (statue designer and sculptor)
Height: 92 ft. / 301 ft.
8. Christ of Vung Tau, Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Year of completion: 1993
Architect(s): Members of the Vung Tau Catholic Association
Height: 92 ft. / 126 ft.
9. Christ the King of Dili, Dili, East Timor.
Year of completion: 1996
Architect(s): Mochamad Syailillah (aka, Bolil)
Height: 88.6 ft. (not including the globe)
10. Cristo Rey de Cali (Christ the King of Cali), Cali, Colombia.
Year of completion: 1953
Height: 85 ft.
Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_of_V%C5%A9ng_T%C3%A0u
It is 32 metres (105 ft) high, standing on a 4 metres (13 ft) high platform, for a 36 metres (118 ft) total monument height with two outstretched arms spanning 18.3 metres (60 ft). There is a 133-step staircase inside the statue.
The statue of Christ at the Via Dolorosa Grotto is 50ft tall and currently the World’s third tallest Risen Christ Statue
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Nice post. Thank you very much for sharing!
At 300 feet, the Portuguese is the tallest, confirming what I came to look for. Thank you.