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Cristo de la Concordia, World’s Largest Christ Statue

Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) is an immense Christ statue that stands atop Cerro de San Pedro, just a stone’s throw from the Sustainable Bolivia office.  The statue of Christ is the world’s largest, standing tall with a height of just over 33 meters—one meter for every year that Christ lived, and the extra centimeters because Cochabambinos claim that Christ actually lived “33 years and a bit.” Cochabamba’s Cristo surpasses its more renowned counterpart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by just 44 centimeters. There is a footpath of 1399 steps from the bottom of the Cerro to the top—a stairway to heaven in its own rite—which made for good exercise this morning, as I climbed to capture the photo. There is also a gondola that lifts passengers to the top, so those who do not care for a steep hike may also enjoy the breathtaking view of Cochabamba.  On Sunday, visitors can climb to the top of the statue itself for an even more magnificent Christ’s eye view of the city. Even though the statue can be seen from almost anywhere in Cochabamba, hiking or riding to the top for a close-up view is a must for all visitors.

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