Cristo de la Concordia

Cristo de la Concordia looms large over the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, about 150 miles from La Paz. In fact, this steel and cement statue is one of the largest statues of Christ in the entire world. From base to top, it measures approximately 110 feet. Couple this with the fact that it is bright white in color, and it is impossible to miss while in Cochabamba.

Rising up on the eastern side of Cochabamba is San Pedro hill, and sitting upon this hill's summit is the Cristo de la Concordia Statue. So many vantage points in town allow for clear observation of the summit-top structure, and it is quite a sight to see. Against of a backdrop of mountains and oft-blue skies, the statue stands tall and proud. The arms of Christ extend outward as if inviting an embrace. This stance also results in the statue having the shape of the Cross. The Christ the Redeemer Statue Bolivia was actually modeled after the more famous Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, so there are plenty of similarities. That being said, Cochabamba locals, or Cochabambinos, as they are commonly called, say that their statue has a more human appearance.

Work on the Christ the Redeemer Statue Bolivia began in 1987, though it wasn't completed until 1994. At the time of its completion, it was the largest Christ statue in the world. Today, only the Christ the King Statue in Swiebodzin Poland is taller, though this is only true if you include the more than six-foot crown that sits atop this statue. The head of the Christ the Redeemer Statue Bolivia does not feature a crown. It still measures around fifteen feet tall, however, and weighs more than 25,000 pounds.

While it is impressive enough to gaze at the Christ the Redeemer Statue Bolivia from afar, nothing quite compares to getting an up close look. Standing at the base, you get a true feel for its size, and can see its features. Only adding to the majestic nature of it all is the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from the summit of San Pedro hill. The city unfolds below, and the surrounding Andes Mountains create spectacular scene. It is actually possible to climb up to a viewing point inside the statue, which arguably affords for the best views. This can only be done on Sundays, however.

Those who wish to get a close look at the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba Bolivia can select from two options when it comes to getting to the top of San Pedro hill. One of these options involves climbing approximately 2,000 total steps, so getting a good workout in the process is a possibility. Many tourists, however, settle on the second option. A cable car is in place at the far eastern end of Avenida de Las Heroinas, and the cost to go up and down is more than reasonable.

The general visiting hours for the Cristo de la Concordia Statue in Cochabamba 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. It isn't advisable to visit the site late at night, as there could be safety concerns. Also worth highlighting is the fact that every Sunday morning, the Cristo de la Concordia site sets the stage for a special weekly Mass.

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