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Monuments to the world’s religious figures are built big.

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Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • marina villatoro

    Those are immense statues. I’ve seen a few of them in person and they blow your mind!!! All over central america you can find smaller versions of these statues.
    The Travel Expert(a) and an Expat with a Twist

  • Tim Patterson

    Nice pics – that underwater Christ is wild.

  • Elaine W Krause


    These photos are lovely — and ecumenical! A beautiful post for what is, to many of us from many different faiths, a sacred time of year.

    Thank you so much for such expressive, and respectful treatment of these holy places.

    Best wishes to you,


  • The Vegan Snorkeler

    My favorite is the Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo. I hope to see it in person in a few days!

  • Hal

    Glad you enjoyed it, Elaine. My thanks goes out to the Flickr photographers for sharing their work!

  • pam

    Can we now have a moment of silence for the Bamiyan Buddhas? Thank you.

  • http:/ Eleonora

    Whoa… I didn’t know that Earth is this filled with Christ’s statues.

  • dave

    Can you check out the Christ Statue in Vung Tau, Vietnam. It said to be 32 meters tall and I see no one mentioned about it.

    • Hal

      You’re absolutely right. I wanted to include it here but couldn’t find a decent picture.

  • Davone King

    These are all great photographs!

  • Alterity

    Great photos.

    As far as I can gather, the world’s largest statue is the 128 meter Buddha which can be found in Henan, China. However, that record may not last as indonesia is currently constructing a statue on the resort island of Bali of the Hindu god Vishnu riding his faithful mount Garuda (a mythical bird), and when it is complete it is expected to stand an incredible 146 meters tall!!!

  • Michael Retsina

    In time of insecurity, pain, loss of loved one or loss of health even the atheists and agnostics turn towards the God(s) of their early age. If you can draw strength and inner peace go for it. Growing up as Greek Orthodox I was introduced to a mysticism that cannot be replaced by any other religion.

  • Ibeno Upenekang Ukwo

    “I seek an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and that will never fade away.” Jesus Christ is the Way!

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