Thursday, February 14, 2008

Down At The Cocha…

Am feeling the urge to add another country to that big list on the right over there this evening, so let’s have a huge round of applause for our first statue from Bolivia!

This is the Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) statue. Apparently it is the biggest Jesus monument in the world, a whopping 4cm taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil. Both statues are apparently 33 metres tall, equating to his age, but the Cristo is that more accurate as he actually lived to 33 and a few days...

It is overlooks the city of Cochabamba, in central Bolivia, which was visited by that wandering hobo old housemate of mine, Mr Pollstar, in September last year. It appears that he actually roped in his travelling companion Brett above to imitate it when loads of folk were standing around (good on you, and welcome to the site, in case you are reading this for some bizarre reason), before nipping along and getting his imitation in (below) when no one was around!

This all brings me along conveniently to the news that the Christ the Redeemer was struck by lightening last Sunday. Thanks to the anonymous tip-off for this news. Some stunning photos of the occasion can be found on this photographer’s blog, who was travelling in Rio at the time. I hope he doesn’t mind me republishing his work below. Wow!

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