Made of steel and cement, the Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) sculpture in Cochabamba is believed to be the largest statue of Christ in the world. It surpasses the more famous statue in Brazil, Christ the Redeemer, by just a few centimeters.
Both the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue in Rio de Janeiro and this in Bolivia are 33m (108 ft.) tall, because Christ died when he was 33 years old. Cochabambinos say the extra height is appropriate, since Christ actually lived “33 years and a bit.”
You can either ride a cable car or climb the 2,000 stairs to the top. Either method rewards visitors with fine views of the valley of Cochabamba and Tunari, the highest peaks in the area. On Sunday, you can climb to the top of the statue itself for even better views.
Cristo de la Concordia was modeled on the famous Cristo Redentor statue in Rio, but locals like to think that this one is more loving. The Copacabana version has more human features and, unlike its counterpart in Rio, its arms are outstretched in a welcoming embrace.
There is an outdoor Mass here every Sunday morning.
Quick Facts :-
Names – – – Cristo de la Concordia; Christ of Peace
Type of site – – – Colossal statue of Christ
Size – – – 33m (108 feet) tall
Records – – – Largest statue of Christ in the world
Location – – – At the far eastern end of Av. Las Heroínas, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hours – – – Tues-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 9am-8pm; statue open for climbing on Sundays
Cost – – – Free to visit; cable car fare 3Bs (40¢) each way
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