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Brazil Builds New Statue Of Jesus That's Even Higher Than Christ The Redeemer

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Brazil Builds New Statue Of Jesus That's Even Higher Than Christ The Redeemer

A second monument is being built in Brazil, which will be even taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer.

The statue will be called Christ the Protector. It will be 43 metres tall (140 feet) when it is finished, which will make it one of the world's tallest statues of Christ.

Christ the Redeemer stands over Rio de Janiero and is 38 metres tall (124 feet), it spans 28 metres (91 feet) from hand to hand.

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It's set to cost about 2 million reals (£260,000) and is being looked after by the Association of the Friends of Christ. It hopes to inspire faith, as well as encourage tourists to visit the city of Encantado.

The money has been donated by individuals and companies, according to the association. It will also have an internal lift which will take tourists to a viewpoint that will be in the chest area of the statue, around 40 metres (131 feet) up

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The idea for the project came from politican and city mayor Adroaldo Conzatti, who died in March from coronavirus complications.

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At the moment, Brazil is battling Covid-19, with the death toll in the country currently sitting at more than 350,000.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hit headlines a few months ago after he made some seriously bizarre comments about the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

The far right politician said that the contract that has been signed with the pharmaceutical company doesn't cover against side effects from the inoculation, including - and this is the bizarre part - people turning into crocodiles or women growing beards.

Just another normal day in the Bolsonaro household, it would seem.

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To be fair, he's got previous for this sort of scepticism surrounding the coronavirus. He's described it as 'a little flu' and said that he wouldn't have the vaccine, despite being in charge of the country's huge vaccination programme.

However, these comments are by far his strangest yet.

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Credit: PA

Bolsonaro said: "In the Pfizer contract it's very clear: 'we're not responsible for any side effects.' If you turn into a crocodile, it's your problem.

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"If you become superhuman, if a woman starts to grow a beard or if a man starts to speak with an effeminate voice, they [Pfizer] will not have anything to do with it."

President Bolsonaro said that once a vaccine is approved by their regulatory body, they'll be getting it out to the public, just not him.

He explained: "It will be available for everyone that wants it. But me, I won't get vaccinated."

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