Statue Planned for Presov, Slovakia
- A Slovak mayor is hoping that a project to build Europe's tallest
statue of Jesus Christ will put his city on the map.
Presov Mayor Pavol Hagyari predicts plans for the 33-meter tall statue
will "bring in religious tourists" to the eastern city.
But he also wants it to be a symbol of "faith and Christianity" - and
has an eye on dethroning a 12-meter high Soviet soldier in the
capital, Bratislava, from its current status as the highest statue in
the staunchly Catholic central European country.
The mayor is putting his faith in private sponsors to raise the 15
million koruna ($744,000) needed for the iron-and-concrete edifice.
Slovak media say it will be five meters taller than Europe's tallest
statue of Christ, sited in Lisbon, and only five meters short of Rio
de Janeiro's world famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.