Cristo del Pacífico

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Cristo del Pacífico, "the Christ of the Pacific", is a 37 metre high statue of Jesus erected in Lima, Peru, in 2011. Its erection was a gift from a consortium of Brazilian companies to the city of Lima, under former President Alan García, and described as a parting gift to the nation on occasion of his leaving office after the 2011 presidential election. It was inspired by, and has been described as a copy of, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Height[edit]

At 37 metres (121 feet) including its pedestal, and 22 m (72 ft) without, the statue is smaller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, which measures 39.6 m (130 ft), 30 m (98 ft) without its pedestal.

Controversy[edit]

The statue has caused controversy in Peru, because it is seen as a government endorsement of Christianity, because its lighting system is deemed unsightly, and because it is seen as too similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 12°10′27″S 77°01′44″W / 12.17417°S 77.02889°W / -12.17417; -77.02889