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Cristo Blanco and other Christ Statues of South America

This magnificent sculpture of Christ sits atop Pukamuqu ("red hill"), a mountain in Cusco, Peru, with a summit that reaches 11,800 feet into the sky. Cristo Blanco is Spanish for "white Christ". It stands 26 feet tall with arms wide open in a welcoming gesture, a symbol of peace. It was designed by Francisco Olazo Allende, a local artist.

Cristo Blanco was a gift from Arabic Palestinians who found refuge in Cusco after World War II. The statue commemorates the Cusqueñan peoples' brotherly hospitality, as taught by Jesus in the gospels.

The Google image shown here is in Street view. Click and drag to look around. (Alternate link).

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