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
21

The world’s 12 most spectacular houses of worship

by Eva Holland
19

Confessions of an (almost) religious hitman

by Baxter Jackson
13

Religious Fundamentalism is Not the Problem

by J. Raimund Pfarrkirchner
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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
7

How to photograph religious festivals

by Shana Dressler
1

From Moses To Modernity: Passover With The Samaritans

by Sarah Irving
14

Proving Faith: Searching for Answers About God

by Joel Runyon
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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