Twelve-meter statue of Jesus Christ erected in Truskavets

2017/10/10 17:36:20

The 12-meter-tall statue of Jesus in Truskavets is in fact a copy of the famous “Christ the Savior” in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian Christ, about 40 meters tall, is also installed on a hill within the city.

 


TRUSKAVETS, Oct 10, (UBO) - A resident of Truskavets, Igor Kisak, is installing at his own expense a 12-meter concrete statue of Jesus Christ at the highest point of the city, which, according to plans, will be a copy of “Christ the Savior” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All primary installation work has reportedly been completed.

 

“I have cherished the idea of installing a statue of Jesus Christ in Truskavets from my early childhood. I think it will unite all Christians and bring us peace. Just today we have completed the casting of the sculpture in concrete. Only finishing works remain,” Kisak told ZAXID.NET on October 5.

 

Kisak refused to specify the cost of this project. “If I donate money for the church, then I do it necessarily anonymously, so that no one could announce it. I also do not want to disclose how much I have spent on this business,” he said.

 

The statue is set on the mountain of Goshiv, which is the highest point of the city. The height of the pedestal is 3 m, the height of the sculpture is 9 m.

 

The 12-meter-tall statue of Jesus in Truskavets is in fact a copy of the famous “Christ the Savior” in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian Christ, about 40 meters tall, is also installed on a hill within the city.

 

According to the Truskavets-online edition, the commission of the local branch of the State Architectural Control Board made attempts to inspect the construction. The architects had to check whether construction norms had been violated during the construction of the statue, which could lead to the destruction of the mountain of Goshiv. However, Kisak did not allow the representatives of DABI into the construction site, because of which he was fined 50 thousand UAH.

 

Kisak has already appealed against this fine in a local court. “If the people who called themselves the commission of DABI had all the required documents, I would not oppose them. They did not have any certificates or any directions for checking this construction, so I prevented their access legally. And I will prove it in court,” Kisak added.

 

ZAXID.NET failed to find out the reaction of the official Christian churches to Kisak’s initiative, but in 2014, Truskavetsky Visnyk wrote that local priests fully endorsed the initiative to establish such a statue in Truskavets.

 

According to local media, Kisak is an entrepreneur, an active participant in the Revolution of Dignity and founder of “Dovira” NGO. In the local elections of 2015, he ran for the position of mayor of Truskavets as a self-nominee.

 

It should be noted that a 120-centimeter statue of Jesus Christ was installed in August this year at the highest point of Lviv region - mountain Picuy. In 2013, Lviv also attempted to build a giant statue of Jesus Christ on Vysoky Zamok, but the organization "Christian Ukraine" did not proceed further with this idea except appealing to Lviv Region State Administration.

 

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*The article above appears through courtesy of the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Access RISU at http://risu.org.ua/en/index 

 

 

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