1. Christ the Redeemer, 2. Christ the King, 3. Christ of the Abyss, 4. Cristo del Otero, 5. King of Kings and Lux Mundi, 6. Christ of the Sacred Heart, 7. Jesus Blesses, 8. Christ the Redeemer of the Andes, 9. Christ of Vung Tau, 10. Heart of Jesus, 11. Christ of the Peace, 12. Jesus Buntu Burake, 13. Cristo Rei. Around the world, one can find a lot of sculptures having religious overtones. Today's most popular faiths view idol worship as a crucial component of demonstrating devotion. These monuments are occasionally the topic of another form of devotion—that of artistic appreciation—because they are so greatly admired. These statues can be seen all across the world and are revered by both believers and art admirers. The following is a list of the most famous Jesus statues in the world.
- Christ the Redeemer
- Christ the King
- Christ of the Abyss
- Cristo del Otero
- King of Kings and Lux Mundi
- Christ of the Sacred Heart
- Jesus Blesses
- Christ the Redeemer of the Andes
- Christ of Vung Tau
- Heart of Jesus
- Christ of the Peace
- Jesus Buntu Burake
- Cristo Rei
Christ the Redeemer
The largest Art Deco structure in the world and the most well-known Christ statue in the world is Rio’s Cristo Redentor. It took nine years to finish and was a labor of love by French-Polish sculptor Paul Landowski and Brazilian Catholic authorities of the 1920s.
Carioca Christ is undoubtedly the most well-known monument in Brazil and was chosen as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World in 2007. However, it may have appeared completely differently. Locals mocked the statue’s initial plans, which depicted the figure carrying a globe in one hand. They called it “Christ with a Balloon.” Granddaughter of sculptor Paul Landowski Elisabeth Caillet thinks the statue’s universal appeal is largely due to its understated elegance. In any other form, the statue would not have been as popular. It had to have a timeless, universal quality, and my grandfather succeeded in achieving that.
The most famous statue of Jesus is also considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world with a height of 30 meters (98 ft) – not including its 8 meters (26 ft) pedestal. The statue’s arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) wide. It is located at the peak of the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain. The statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil’s most famous monument. It was constructed between 1926 and 1931. Due to its massive size, the statue has often been struck by lightning, which has caused some damage to the statue. During a storm in 2014, the tip of the statue’s right thumb was damaged. This particular Christ the Redeemer Statue attracts a significant number of tourists to Rio De Janeiro and is so magnificent that it is listed among the 7 wonders of the world.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect: Heitor da Silva Costa, Paul Landowski
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Christ the King
In the little Polish city of Wiebodzin, this iconic figure of Jesus can be found. 2010 saw its completion. The statue is the tallest representation of Jesus in the entire world, standing 52.5 meters (172 feet) tall when combined with its mound (when the mound is counted). It was constructed by a Polish priest named Sylwester Zawadski at a cost of more than 1.4 million dollars in local donations. The statue’s builder, Priest Sylwester Zawadzki, claims that its 33-meter height corresponds to one meter for every year that Christ lived. The statue has brought fame to a Polish town that otherwise flies under the international tourism radar, and local officials are justifiably proud of its status as the tallest Christ statue in the world.
Drones from a Polish tabloid newspaper discovered WiFi antennas inside the crown in 2018, which caused Christ the King to make headlines once more. The antennae were taken down later that year on the local bishop’s instructions after the local religious community condemned it as an insult.
These huge monuments to Jesus Christ are only a few beautiful instances of the efforts made by architects, workers, patrons, and visionaries to honor a key figure in their religion with a size befitting a king.
Location: Świebodzin in western Poland
Architect: Mirosław Kazimierz Patecki
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Christ of the Abyss
Snorkel the warm, clear waters of the vibrant sea garden that is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and you may come across a surprising sight: a large statue of Jesus 25 feet underwater. Christ of the Abyss is located off the coast of Key Largo in the Florida Keys and is one of the most famous dive sites in the world. His hands are raised toward the heavens in a show of peace, and if you can hold your breath long enough, you’ll find a plaque at the base that reads, “If I take the wings of the morning / And swell in the uttermost parts of the sea, / Even there your hand will lead me / and your right hand hold me fast” (Psalm 139:9).
The statue, which is submerged more than 15 meters (50 feet) deep, was made in 1954 at the request of Italian diver Duilio Marcante, who wanted to pay tribute to fellow diver Dario Gonzatti. Gonzatti, who was the first diver to employ scuba equipment, sadly perished in a diving accident there in 1947. Similar to the Rio monument, this underwater Christ has inspired a number of copies, with the most well-known being the American replica, which was erected in 1965 off the shore of Key Largo, Florida.
Location: the coast of Key Largo, Florida, US
Architect: Guido Galletti
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Cristo del Otero
On the outskirts of Palencia, Spain, sits this awkwardly placed figure of Jesus, who is wearing a sad, almost depressing expression. His posture and height of almost 70 feet give the impression that he is there to bless and overlook the city below. At the base of the statue are a tiny church and museum that house works by the architect Victorio Macho, who is also interred there.
Although it shares some similarities with the Rio Cristo, which was constructed a few years prior, in terms of design, its hollow eyes and thin face give it a more maudlin appearance than its Brazilian counterpart. According to local legend, the eyes were initially supposed to be made of ivory and marble, but there was a financial problem. Instead of having its arms outstretched wide like many other Christ statues, this one holds its hands forward in a serene, almost submissive stance. Nevertheless, despite its outward humility, at 21 meters (69 feet) tall, it is still one of the biggest Christ statues in the world.
Location: Palencia, Spain
Architect: Victorio Macho
King of Kings and Lux Mundi
Near Monroe, Ohio, there existed a 19-meter (62-foot) high statue of Jesus called King of Kings. It was only constructed in 2004, and in 2010 a lightning strike and ensuing fire completely destroyed it. A statue of Jesus that stands 15.8 meters (52 feet) tall at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, replacing the one that was destroyed there is called Lux Mundi (Latin for “Light of the World”). One of the two large-scale statues of Christ in the United States is this one. In 2012, the replacement statue’s construction was finished.
The Bible’s Gospels of Matthew and John served as inspiration for the new statue’s kind gesture; in fact, some people have dubbed it “Hug Me Jesus” because of how pleasant it appears. The stance of the original statue was a little more dramatic; Jesus was only shown from the chest up, with his arms raised in the air and a big cross at the base. At the church’s baptismal pool, there are fountains all around both sculptures.
Location: Ohio, United States
Christ of the Sacred Heart
Just south of Rosarito, a huge figure of Jesus stands guard over the Pacific surf area K38. Cristo del Sagrado Corazón (Christ of the Sacred Heart), which stands 75 feet tall, is the only significant statue of Jesus in full color; all others are white or monochrome. This 40-ton, steel and fiberglass statue, which was raised in 2006, is a behemoth.
The statue was commissioned by local Antonio Pequeño Guerrero and was designed by Tijuana sculptor Gregorio Ramirez. It was important to Pequeño Guerrero that the statue prominently display Jesus’ sacred heart, which is depicted in color on his chest and also lends itself to the name of the statue (the sacred heart is a Catholic devotion where the heart of Jesus is viewed as a symbol of God’s infinite love).
There used to be a little cross on the peak where the statue now sits, and on holy days, the community would decorate it with flowers. Pequeño Guerrero worked on getting the statue created for seven years. If you want to see the statue up close and take in the stunning vistas of the Pacific, you can drive right up to its base.
Location: Rosarito, Mexico
Architect: Tijuana Gregorio Ramire
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The huge, nearly 100-foot-tall figure of “Christ blessing” Manado City’s residents is the fourth-tallest statue of Jesus in the entire globe. At 150 meters above sea level, the sculpture is perched atop a hill. It is clearly visible from every location in the tiny town and is a great place for visitors to refer to. Including the 20-meter pedestal, the monument has a height of 50 meters. The soapstone statue, which is built on top of a hill and almost gives the impression that Jesus is flying. It has become a must-see on any trip to Manado City; in fact, the surrounding city is so small that you can supposedly see the statue from anywhere in it, so it serves as a great reference point for visitors.
The Statue of Christ Blessing is among the five largest statues of Jesus Christ in the world. It is one of Asia’s top ten tallest sculptures. The leaders of the Christian movement in Manado and North Sulawesi Society and to Worship God were the ones who came up with the idea to erect the unusual monument in a small Indonesian town. The construction of the monument was overseen by renowned engineers from the Yogjakarta Engineer Company. They took three years to finish it. It has a distinctive appearance in addition to an astonishing scale. Due to the sculpture’s 20-degree pedestal angle, it unintentionally gives the appearance that Christ is flying through the air.
You cannot get to the foot of the monument because it is inside a residential community and is surrounded by private residences, but you can go to a location across from the statue to pose with it in the distance, which some claim is a better viewpoint for photos anyhow.
Location: Manado City, Indonesia
Architect: Yogjakarta Engineer Company
Christ the Redeemer of the Andes
Christ the Redeemer of the Andes is a landmark in the Andes mountain range that is almost 12,000 feet above sea level and crosses the boundary between Chile and Argentina. It was constructed in 1904 as a peace symbol to commemorate the two nations’ 1902 settlement of their boundary dispute, which prevented war from breaking out. As a result, Jesus is seen here standing on a globe (with South America displayed prominently). His left hand is holding a cross, while his right hand is extended in blessing.
Argentina and Chile were on the verge of war at the start of the 20th century over the position of their shared boundary. The bishop of Cuyo pledged to build a statue of Christ the Redeemer on the disputed territory as a constant reminder of Christ’s message of peace to both nations. The seven-meter-tall bronze statue was created by the sculptor Mateo Alonso. The public saw it for the first time on March 13th, 1904. Argentina designated the statue a National Historic Monument in 2004, marking the centennial of the statue and the reaffirmation of friendship between Chile and Argentina.
Although there is a dirt road that hopeful travelers can take to get there, it is closed during the winter because of the treacherous switchbacks and hairpin curves it has along with the steep cliffs.
Location: Chile-Argentina border
Architect: Paul Landowski
Christ of Vung Tau
This large statue of Jesus Christ was built on the densely forested Mount Nho in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, by the Vietnam Catholic Association. Standing imposingly on the top of Nho Mountain (a Small Mountain) in Vung Tau City, the 32-meter statue was originally built in 1974 at an altitude of 170 meters facing the sea. It was not until 1994 that the statue was completely finished and firstly welcomed as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that has ever had in Vung Tau in particular and in Vietnam in general.
People can climb using an internal staircase to reach the top of the granite and concrete monument, and see some spectacular views. The metallic halo rays near the head are not just for decoration, but they also act as lightning rods.
On Thuy Van Street, which runs alongside Vung Tau City’s beachfront, is where you’ll find the statue of Jesus. Given how well-known it is and how simple it is to get to, you won’t have much trouble finding the Jesus statue. To get to the arm of Jesus Christ, you must climb more than 1000 stone steps, which presents the sole difficulty for travelers. It is a lengthy trip, to be honest, but there are numerous rest places where hikers may take a breather, get some water, and capture some memories of the sea and the surroundings below. Besides, the path along the route is decorated by many trees and flowers, especially plumeria flowers, spreading its fragrance around the location.
Location: Vung Tau city, Viet Nam
Heart of Jesus
Looking like something from a sci-fi movie, Romania’s futuristic metal Christ is part look-out point, part statue. It is made of iron and stainless steel. At nearly 23 meters (72 feet), the stainless steel behemoth sits atop Gordon Hill, on the outskirts of Lupeni village in Transylvania. Finished in 2011, it’s the work of sculptor Walter Zawaczky and its lofty vantage point of more than 950 meters (3,116 feet) above sea level makes it the highest sculpture in Eastern Europe. Visitors can ascend a series of metal staircases to stand inside the head of the statue and take in sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. Inside the statue, there are metallic spiral staircases up to the head, from where you could admire the wonderful view around.
The townspeople hope to boost the local economy by turning this sculpture into a tourist destination. The mountain road leading to this statue, nevertheless, is in disrepair. Visitors had a long trek there because it is difficult to access by typical tiny automobiles.
Location: Harghita, Romania
Architect: Walter Zawaczky
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Christ of the Peace
Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) is a statue of Jesus Christ located atop San Pedro Hill, to the east of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is accessible by cable car, or by climbing 2,000 steps.
The Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia, which was modeled after the statue in Rio de Janeiro, was the highest Jesus statue in the world when it was unveiled in 1994. Without its base, the statue is a little over 33 meters (108 ft) tall, just surpassing the Rio counterpart. This, according to the local Cochabamba Catholic community, is appropriate given that Christ lived for “33 years and a bit.”
Construction of the statue began on 12 July 1987 and was completed on 20 November 1994. It was designed by César and Wálter Terrazas Pardo and was modeled after the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Standing 265 meters (869 ft) above the city of Cochabamba, the statue rises 2,840.00 meters (9,317.59 ft) above sea level. 1,399 stairs lead to a viewing area inside the arms of the statue, but visitors are only permitted to make the ascent on Sundays. The statue’s outstretched arms and the inner sanctum of His head serve as viewing platforms, providing a birds-eye glimpse of the benevolent, holy gaze el Cristo bestows upon the townspeople below.
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Architect: César and Wálter Terrazas Pardo
Jesus Buntu Burake
Jesus Buntu Burake (Indonesian: Patung Yesus Kristus Memberkati, “Statue of Jesus Christ Blessing”) is a Roman Catholic statue of Jesus Christ at Makale in Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It stands on the top of Buntu Burake hill about 1.700 meters above sea level. The statue itself measures 40 meters (131 feet) from head to foot, which makes it considerably taller than the Polish version without its crown and pedestal. Jesus Buntu Burake also has a glass bridge.
A competition was held in 2013 to work on this statue and is open to the public. After obtaining the winner, in 2014 the foundation of the statue began to be built and construction of the statue was started in 2013, as designed by Supriadi, an artist of Yogyakarta, with the support of Hardo Wardoyo Suwarto, and made on request of the governor of South Sulawesi, Syahrul Yasin Limpo to promote tourism in Tana Toraja. It was developed piece by piece in Yogyakarta. In 2015, the statue was completed. The official inauguration was held on 23 December 2018, by President Joko Widodo as declared on the inauguration inscription on the sidelines of the Tana Toraja Oikumene Christmas celebration. Since then, Jesus Buntu Burake has attracted hordes of curious visitors and religious pilgrims to this scenic mountainous region of Indonesia.
Location: Makale, Indonesia
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Between 1959 and 1969, in the years following World War II, the Portuguese built this statue. The name Cristo Rei, which is properly translated as Christ the Redeemer, was inspired by the identical statue in Brazil. The nation’s capital, Lisbon, is home to a sizable shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The monument consists of 28 meters (92 feet) tall picture of Christ supported by a trapezoidal pedestal that rises to a height of 82 meters (269 feet) and is made up of four arches. The statue of Christ the King was created by sculptor Francisco Franco de Sousa, whose gate-like base was built by architect António Lino. The pedestal’s four arches are pointed in the directions indicated by the compass rose.
Facing Lisbon from a clifftop pedestal on the southern bank of the River Tagus, the Cristo Rei has a magnificent view over the city, which can be appreciated via an internal lift elevating visitors to a lofty vantage point. Inspired by a visit to the more famous statue in Portuguese-colonized Brazil, the statue was commissioned in 1940, and the religious community saw it as a plea to the Higher Powers to spare Portugal from the horrors of World War II. Construction work began in 1949 and took 10 years to complete.
Location: Almada, Portugal
Architect: António Lino, Francisco Franco de Sousa