A statue of Jesus Christ, which was cast in Armenia, was apparently erected on top of a 2,000-meter high mountain in Syria and said to be taller than that in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The statue titled “I have come to save the world” rises above the historic pilgrimage route from Constantinople to Jerusalem, on top of the mountain near the Monastery of the Cherubim in the Syrian city of Saidnaya (estimated at 2,100 meters above sea level), Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.
The military actions were stopped in the region during the three days the statue was being installed. The statue was cast in Armenia.
“The ensemble with the blessing Christ in its center, seen from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, is designed to bring peace, mutual understanding, and hope for common salvation to a region engulfed in the flames of war,” the Moscow Spiritual Academy, which supported this peacekeeping project, said in a statement.The installation coincided with the Orthodox feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Virgin Mary and the Muslim feast of Kurban Bayram. More precisely, it was installed on October 14, when some Christian churches celebrate the feast of the Intercession of the Theotokos, and on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Interestingly, the warring parties suspended hostilities and were watching the statue’s installation, which took three days, it said.