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Cristo de la Concordia - Cochabamba, Bolivia
El Cristo de la Concordia statue in Cochabamba, Bolivia is the world's tallest statue of Christ in the world. It surpasses the more famous statue in Rio de Janeiro by a few meters.
The statue towers over Cochabamba, with its outstretched arms in a welcoming embrace and is located atop the huge San Pedro hilltop, that overlooks Cochabamba about 265 meters above the city.
Cristo de la Concordia stands 33m (109 ft) high, one meter for every year of Christ's life and when you add its base it reaches a final height of 42 meters.
The story of El Cristo de la Concordia began with requests by residents of Cochabamba to have a large statue of Christ made and placed on the top of the San Pedro hilltop. The statue was sculpted by a local artist in the late 1980's.
Located at the far eastern end of Ave. Las Heroínas, to reach it you can either take a 5 minute cable-car ride or climb about 1,500 steps leading from the base to the summit. Either method rewards visitors with amazing views over the valley of Cochabamba.
On Sunday the inside of the statue is open, where you can climb to the top of the statue itself for even better views. There is also an outdoor Sunday morning mass located there.
Location: At the far eastern end of Ave. Las Heroínas next to Plaza San Pedro.
Cable-Car Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 9am-7pm.
Cost: Free to visit; cable-car fare is 4Bs (.50¢) each way. Inside of the statue is open for climbing on Sundays.
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