A Jesus statue in Syria has been erected and, reportedly, it is taller than the massive Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Jesus statue in Syria was constructed in bronze and is 12.3 meters (40 feet) tall and stands on a base that brings its height to 32 meters (105 feet), according to a Nov. 2 report from the Associated Press.
The Jesus statue, which was erected on Oct. 14 at the legendary Cherubim mountain in Saidnaya, stands with his arms outstretched over a route that pilgrims took from Constantinople to Jerusalem in ancient times. The erection of the Jesus statue in Syria was given the nod of approval after government and rebels agreed to suspend military actions during the three days it took to accomplish the impressive feat.
The Jesus statue in Syria is a symbol of hope and peace, not only in Syria, but also in the whole Middle East. The statue was sculpted by Armenian Artush Papoian, with the support of the Russian Foundation San Pablo and San Pedro.
It was a great project rowed to reestablish and strengthen the spiritual ties between Russia and the countries of the Middle East, said Samir El Gabban Shakib, director of the Foundation.
"After this idea emerged in 2005 it was blessed by Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and the Middle East, who was the author of this idea," El-Gabban stated. "Jesus Christ who is offering his blessings is trampling upon a snake, which is the symbol of evil. There is Adam on his right side and Eve on his left side. The Patriarch of Antioch chose the Cherubs' Mountain because cherubs, as is known, is a symbol taken from the Old Testament, which is used by the Christians and which is accepted by the believers of Islam."
"It was a miracle," organizer Samir al-Ghadban said. "Nobody who participated in this expected this to succeed."
It took three days to erect the Jesus statue. Photos provided by the organizers show how the site utilized tractors in order to arrange pieces and then lifted them by crane. Smaller statues representing Adam and Eve are nearby the Jesus statue.