Friday, June 14, 2013

Cristo Rei

When the Cardinal of Lisbon visited Rio de Janeiro in 1934, he was inspired by the then-newly built huge statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city from Mount Corcovado, and wanted something similar for his own city. It took over thirty years for his dream to come to completion, before Cristo Rei (Christ the King) was finished. The monument was built in part out of gratitude for Portugal being spared the ravages of World War II. Here Elex built a LEGO Cristo-Rei. BTW, I originally assumed that this was based on the Brazilian statue, but that doesn't have the tall base. I found this interesting article on the world's largest statues of Jesus, which pointed me to Lisbon.r

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