Manado Unveils One of Asia’s Tallest Christ Statues
MANADO ~ One of Asia’s tallest Jesus Christ statues was unveiled this week in the town of Manado in North Sulawesi, the company behind it said.
Indonesian real-estate developer Ciputra built the 30-metre-high statue in its CitraLand residential estate, hoping it will lure tourists and become a religious icon, the company’s marketing manager, Sonya Lasut, said.
“It looks like the Jesus is flying to bless people,” she added.
The white monument – which shows a robed Christ with his arms and palms outstretched above his head – took nearly three years to complete and cost Rp5 billion (US$540,000). It consists of 25 tons of metal fiber and 35 tons of steel, Lasut said.
She said the Indonesian Museum of Records had certified the statue as Asia’s tallest Jesus – overtaking the 27-metre-tall Cristo Rei in East Timor’s capital Dili – during a ceremony on December 2.
However, Vietnam’s state-run tourism agency SaigonTourist says on its website that the southern coastal resort city of Vung Tau is home to a 32-metre-tall Jesus Christ statue.Filed under: The Nation