Brazil builds new Jesus statue that’s even bigger than Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

A second statue of Jesus is under construction in Brazil that will be even taller than the famous landmark in Rio de Janeiro.

The new monument titled Christ the Protector will be 140 feet tall when it is finished, which will make it one of the world's tallest statues of Christ.

The current statue, Christ the Redeemer stands over Rio de Janeiro at 124 feet tall and spans 91 feet from hand to hand.

It is set to cost the equivalent of £260,000 that has been raised through donations from companies and individuals.

The Association of the Friends of Christ, who will be caring for it, hopes this depiction of Christ will inspire faith, as well as encourage tourists to visit the city of Encantado.

The tourist attraction will also have an internal lift that will take tourists to a viewpoint that will be in the chest area of the statue, around 131 feet up.

The idea for the project came from politician and city mayor Adroaldo Conzatti, who died in March from complications of Coronavirus.

Brazil is currently battling the pandemic with a death toll of more than 350,000.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hit headlines a few months ago after he made some bizarre comments about the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, claiming that the contract they have signed with the company doesn't cover against side effects of the vaccine – some of them he listed were very strange.

Bolsonaro said: "In the Pfizer contract it's very clear: 'we're not responsible for any side effects.' If you turn into a crocodile, it's your problem.

"If you become superhuman, if a woman starts to grow a beard or if a man starts to speak with an effeminate voice, they [Pfizer] will not have anything to do with it."

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