Jesus Statue in Indonesia, “The First Flying Tallest Statue in the World”

Christ Blessing (in Manado language is Kristus kase Berkat) is a statue of Jesus Christ in Manado City, Indonesia. The structure stands 50 metres (158.3 feet) tall and consists of 20 metres of pedestal and 30 metres of statue. It is made of 25 tonnes of metal fibre and 35 tonnes of steel, and is located at the peak of the CitraLand residential estate. This statue has become a new icon of Manado city and as of 2010, it is Asia’s 2nd tallest and the world’s 4th tallest statue of Christ (excluding the pedestal it was erected on).

History

The idea came from Ir. Ciputra, an Indonesian real estate developer, when he and his wife stood on the place where the statue now. The statue was built for Manado and North Sulawesi society and to worship God. The construction took nearly 3 years by the Yogjakarta Engineer. The cost of the monument was five billion rupiah (about 540,000 dollars).

This statue has a declivity 20 degree and is made from fiber and steel and became the “first flying tallest statue in the world”. (wiki)

The structure stands 50 metres (158.3 feet) tall and consists of 20 metres of pedestal and 30 metres of statue.

Muslim-majority Indonesia has unveiled one of Asia’s tallest Jesus Christ statues in the mainly Christian town of Manado on North Sulawesi island.

Indonesian real estate developer Ciputra built the 30-metre-high Jesus Statue in its CitraLand residential estate, hoping it will lure tourists and become a religious icon, It looks like the Jesus is flying to bless people.
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 five billion rupiah ($ 560,789). It also consisted of 25 tonnes of metal fibre and 35 tonnes of steel, Lasut added.

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 statue of Jesus Christ . A museum official said he did not have a record of the Vietnamese statue.

I took nearly three years to complete and cost five billion rupiah (about $A611,000). It also consisted of 25 tonnes of metal fibre and 35 tonnes of steel.

 

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