Construction of a second monument to Christ is underway in Brazil, with the new statue stretching even higher than the famous Christ the Redeemer.
The statue, which will be called the Protector Christ, will stand 43 meters (140 feet) high, including its pedestal, when completed later this year, making it one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world. world.
Christ the Redeemer, which has been towering over Rio de Janeiro for 90 years this year, stands 38 meters tall with its pedestal included, and spans 28 meters in melee.
The statue is 43 meters tall including its pedestal and spans 28 meters in melee
The project, which is expected to cost around 2 million reals ($ 350,000) is coordinated by the Friends of Christ Association, aims to encourage tourism in the town of Encantado and inspire faith.
Genesio and Markus Moura, who are father and son, are overseeing the work, which is funded by donations and has been ongoing since 2019.
Adroaldo Conzatti, the politician and mayor of the city who came up with the idea, died in March of coronavirus complications.
It comes as the number of covid-related deaths in Brazil has risen to 345,000, making it second behind the United States in terms of lives lost.
One in four deaths from covid this week alone has been recorded in Brazil, which represents around 4,000 deaths per day.
Genesio and Markus Moura, who are father and son, supervise the work
When completed later this year, it will be one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world.
The project has a budget of 2 million reals ($ 350,000) and has been under construction since 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is awaiting a Senate investigation into his handling of the epidemic, which he compared to a “little flu” last year, ignoring health experts calling for social distancing and face masks.
Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso ruled earlier this week that a sufficient number of senators had signed a proposal to investigate the government’s response to the pandemic.
He is taller than Christ the Redeemer (pictured) overlooking Rio de Janeiro
Mr Bolsonaro accused the judge of “political politics” and added that the investigation was “a string between Barroso and the leftists in the Senate to exhaust the government”.
Brazil’s vaccination campaign so far has relied heavily on the Coronavac vaccine, which was developed by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
The vaccine has been frequently criticized by Mr Bolsonaro, who has verbally attacked governments trying to lock down the country.
In Sao Paulo, where the governor criticized the president, restrictions are expected to ease despite hospitals having difficulty managing the number of cases.
President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured) awaits investigation into his handling of the outbreak
Officials said a drop in hospitalizations was behind the decision to reopen stores selling building supplies, resume take-out services to restaurants and restart football matches without spectators.
Elsewhere in the city of Rio de Janeiro, bars, restaurants and shopping centers can now resume in-person service.