Hollywood actor and pro-life advocate Eduardo Verástegui is planning to erect the biggest statue of Jesus in the world in his hometown in Mexico.
According to Mexico News Daily, the popular Mexican actor and devout Catholic has hired architect Fernando Romero to have the statue built this year in Tamaulipas’ state capital, Ciudad Victoria. The capital is described as one of the most dangerous areas of Mexico, with a reported “83.32 homicides per every 100,000 people.”
The state’s reputation is possibly why Verástegui is embarking on the project, which he has named the “Christ of Peace” statue. The statue will be built at a towering 252 feet, which is nearly twice the size of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which stands at 125 feet.
Currently holding the record for the tallest Jesus statue in the world is the Christ the King statue in Świebodzin, Poland, measuring 172 feet off the ground.
Verástegui’s statue, designed by Romero, will be similar to other statues of Jesus that depict Christ with arms outstretched, representing the opening of an embrace.
According to the Mexican publication, developers have plans to turn the area into a thriving tourist destination that can host up to 10,000 people for special events. The site of the statue will also include “a church, restaurants, stores, a convention center, a shelter for pilgrims, a hotel, an amphitheater, a handicrafts market, funicular and cable car stations and a residential area.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law