Monuments to the world’s religious figures are built big.
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Cristo de la Concordia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Tallest statue of Christ in the world (when bases aren't counted) at 34.2 meters / Photo: ozziebackpacker

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Cristo Re - Dili, East Timor

Reminds us how culturally distinct East Timor is from surrounding IndonesiaPhoto: yeowatzup

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Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Standing watch on Corcovado Mountain, likely has the best view of any statue / Photo: tharso

Intermission
7

How to photograph religious festivals

by Shana Dressler
19

Confessions of an (almost) religious hitman

by Baxter Jackson
13

Religious Fundamentalism is Not the Problem

by J. Raimund Pfarrkirchner
4

Cristo del Otero, Palencia, Spain

Tallest Christ statue in Europe, designed in post-cubist style / Photo: alfonso benayas

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Cristo Rei, Almada, Portugal

Built in 1959 with a base almost three times taller than the statue itself / Photo: Isa Costa

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Christ of the Abyss, off Key Largo, USA

One of several underwater bronze Christ statues in the world / Photo: Serge Melki

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Cristo Rey del Cubilete, Silao, Mexico

Stands in the geographical center of the country / Photo: RussBowling

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Leshan Buddha, Leshan, China

Though not a freestanding structure, still one of the largest statues anywhere in the world / Photo: drs2biz

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Virgen de la Paz, Trujillo, Venezuela

Tallest statue in Latin America at over 46 meters / Photo: Photocapy

Intermission
21

The world’s 12 most spectacular houses of worship

by Eva Holland
14

Proving Faith: Searching for Answers About God

by Joel Runyon
5

How does spirit come into play?

by Christine Garvin
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Shiva, Rishikesh, India

Sits right on the bank of the Ganges / Photo: jarmotuisk

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Lord Murugan, Gombak, Malaysia

Guards the entrance to the enshrined Batu Caves outside of Kuala Lumpur / Photo:~MVI~

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Maitreya Buddha, Emei Lake, Taiwan

A 72-meter statue constructed next to a Buddhist temple / Photo: Wm Jas

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Virgin Mary, Haskovo, Bulgaria

World's largest depicting Mary holding Jesus / Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis

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Guan Yin, Penang, Malaysia

Part of the Kek Lok Si Temple complex on Penang Island / Photo: jerine