Christ of Havana
The Christ of Havana is a large sculpture representing Jesus
Jesus of Nazareth , commonly referred to as Jesus Christ or simply as Jesus or Christ, is the central figure of Christianity...

 of Nazareth
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 on a hilltop overlooking the bay in Havana
Havana is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city proper has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of — making it the largest city in the Caribbean region, and the most populous...

, Cuba
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. It is the work of the Cuban
Cubans or Cuban people are the inhabitants or citizens of Cuba. Cuba is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different ethnic and national backgrounds...

 sculptor Jilma Madera
Jilma Madera
Jilma Madera was a well-known Cuban sculptor. Her two most famous works are the Christ of Havana and the bust of José Martí at the Pico Turquino....

 (after she won the commission in 1953).

The statue was carved out of white Carrara
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 marble, the same material used for many of the monuments of the Colon Cemetery
Colon Cemetery, Havana
The Colon Cemetery or more fully in the Spanish language Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón was founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana, Cuba on top of Espada Cemetery. Named for Christopher Columbus, the 140 acre cemetery is noted for its many elaborately sculpted memorials...

. The statue is about 20 metres (65.6 ft) high including a 3-meter (10 ft) base. It weighs approximately 320 tons. The statue was built from 67 blocks of marble that had been brought from Italy
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 after being personally blessed by Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII
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. The figure of Christ is standing with the right hand held near the chin and the left hand near his chest. Facing the city, the statue was left with empty eyes to give the impression of looking at all, from anywhere to be seen.

The sculpture, located in the Havana suburb of Casablanca, in the municipality of Regla, was inaugurated on La Cabaña
La Cabaña
The Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, known as La Cabaña , is an 18th-century fortress complex, the biggest in the Americas, located on the elevated eastern side of the harbor entrance in Havana, Cuba...

 hill on December 24, 1958. Just fifteen days after its inauguration, on January 8, 1959, Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011...

 entered Havana during the Cuban revolution
Cuban Revolution
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. That same day, the image was hit by lightning, and the head was destroyed. It was subsequently repaired.

The sculpture is located 51 metres (167.3 ft) above sea level, rising to a height of 79 metres (259.2 ft), allowing the locals to see it from many points of the city. There is a panoramic viewpoint at the site of the sculpture.

See also

  • Christ the Redeemer
    Christ the Redeemer (statue)
    Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world. It is tall, including its pedestal, and wide. It weighs 635 tonnes , and is located at the peak of the Corcovado...

    , statue in Rio de Janiero, Brazil
  • Christ of the Ozarks
    Christ of the Ozarks
    Christ of the Ozarks statue is a monumental sculpture of Jesus located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, atop Magnetic Mountain. It was erected in 1966 as a "Sacred Project" by Gerald L. K. Smith. He briefly led the Share Our Wealth movement initiated by Huey P. Long during the Great...

    , statue in Arkansas, U.S.
  • List of statues by height
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